"Jews and American Liberalism, Conservatism" Lecture, March 18
Author: Laura C. Jundt, Office of University Communications, 503-725-8555.
Posted: March 6, 2007

What: The Center for Judaic Studies at Portland State is hosting the 13th annual Western Jewish Studies Association Conference, featuring the keynote address, “Jews and American Liberalism, Jews and American Conservatism: Quests for Inclusion and Impossible Dreams,” by Marc Dollinger, Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University, and Edward S. Shapiro, Professor Emeritus of History at Seton Hall University. In this joint talk, Shapiro will discuss the history and contemporary dynamics of Jews and conservatism in modern U.S. politics and Dollinger will do the same for Jews and American liberalism.

When: Sunday March 18, 2007, 7 p.m.

Columbia Falls Ballroom, University Place (310 SW Lincoln St.)

Cost: $15 admission for keynote talk. Free to students or Writers & Scholars subscribers.

Contact: To RSVP for the keynote address call 503-244-4473. For more information about the conference contact Michael Weingrad at 503-725-3085 or

Background: Marc Dollinger has been a research fellow at Bryn Mawr College, where he directed the program in Jewish Studies, and at Princeton. He is the author of Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America and co-editor of California Jews. Edward S. Shapiro received his doctorate in history from Harvard and is the author of A Time for Healing: American Jewry Since World War Two and Crown Heights: Blacks, Jews, and the 1991 Brooklyn Riot. He is an associate editor of the journal American Jewish History.

The keynote lecture is part of the Western Jewish Studies Association 13th Annual Conference, which will bring 80 scholars from across North America, as well as Israel and Europe, to speak on all aspects of Jewish Studies, March 18-19. Sponsored by the Northwest Institute for Judaic Studies, the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington, the Department of History and the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University.

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