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Faculty & Grad Student Workshop: “‘Like Negros . . . and Mohammedans’: Levantine Jews and the American Racial Imagination”
February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Working paper presented by Professor Devin Naar (University of Washington)
Abstract: Speaking Ladino rather than Yiddish, with different customs and appearances, Sephardic Jews from the Ottoman Empire who arrived in the United Stated during the early twentieth century did not fit the typical American Jewish mold, not even in New York. The Jewishness of these so-called Levantine Jews was frequently denied or demeaned, often in radicalized language. This article explores their overlooked story and compels us to grapple with intra-Jewish prejudice and America’s racial hierarchies, and to rethink the American Jewish narrative.
Precirculated paper, lunch provided; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org