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Living on the Edge: Orphans, Widows, the Disabled, and other Marginal Jews in Eastern Europe
Monday, February 25, 2008 - 12:00pm
"Living on the Edge: Orphans, Widows, the Disabled, and other Marginal Jews in Eastern Europe."

Natan Meir

Monday, February 25 at noon in Cramer Hall room 494

You are cordially invited to attend the following research talk by this candidate for the Lorry I. Lokey Chair in Judaic Studies at Portland State University. This position will build strength in modern European Jewish history and culture. We encourage attendance by faculty and graduate students from all departments and disciplines.

Natan Meir is Lecturer in East European History and Culture at the University of Southampton in England. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of History at Columbia University in 2004. He is a specialist in the social and cultural history of Jews in Eastern Europe, and has revised his dissertation into a book manuscript entitled /Jewish Metropolis: The Jews of Kiev, 1859-1914/, which investigates the emergence and meaning of modern Jewish existence in late imperial Russia. He has been awarded Fulbright-Hays and National Foundation for Jewish Culture dissertation fellowships, as well as a Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship.

He is currently the recipient of a Yad Hanadiv/Beracha Foundation Fellowship, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem doing research on a new project entitled "Marginal Jews," an investigation of patterns of social exclusion and marginal groups in East European Jewry, such as the disabled, rural Jews, domestic servants, criminals, and prostitutes.