TITLE: Jewish-Latin American Historiography: The Challenges Ahead
SPEAKER: Raanan Rein, Jeffrey Lesser
EVENT DATE: 05/17/2010
RUNNING TIME: 65 minutes
History professors Raanan Rein and Jeffrey Lesser deliver a joint lecture. Latin-American Jewish Studies has become an increasingly popular area of academic inquiry, with a growing number of institutions offering classes in related subjects.
Speaker Biography: Raanan Rein is the Sourasky Professor of Latin American and Spanish History and head of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies at Tel Aviv University. Rein is the author and editor of more than 20 books and several dozen articles published in academic journals. He is co-president of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association and a member of Argentina's National Academy of History. For his contributions to Argentine culture, the Argentine government awarded him the title of Commander in the Order of the Liberator San Martin.
Speaker Biography: Jeffrey Lesser is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of History and director of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University. He is the author of "A Discontented Diaspora: Japanese-Brazilians and the Meanings of Ethnic Militancy, 1960-1980," "Negotiating National Identity: Minorities, Immigrants and the Struggle for Ethnicity in Brazil" and "Welcoming the Undesirables: Brazil and the Jewish Question." Lesser was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Sao Paulo in 2001-2002 and held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of the Humanities at Tel Aviv University during the 2006-7 academic year. He is the former president of the Conference on Latin American History, the American Historical Association's largest affiliate organization.