Hasia Diner: On Jan. 21, University of Buffalo Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage Opens 2011 David Blitzer Lecture Series

Source: University of Buffalo News, 1-3-11

[ photograph ]Historian Hasia Diner will open the 2011 David Blitzer Lecture Series with two presentations on Jan. 21.

The 2011 David Blitzer Lecture Series presented by the University at Buffalo Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage in Jewish Studies will open on Jan. 21 and continue through April 4 with free public lectures on the UB North Campus and in Amherst’s Temple Beth Tzedek by five leading Jewish scholars, philosophers and historians.

All events in the series, both on and off campus, are free of charge and open to the public.

The series will open with presentations by American historian Hasia Diner, PhD, who is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University and director of the Goldstein Goren Center for American Jewish History.

Her first talk, “No Generation of Silence: Postwar American Jews and the Memory of the Holocaust,” will take place at 3 p.m. Jan. 21 in 120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus.

Diner will address the creation of a memorial culture by American Jews in the aftermath of the Holocaust and its destruction of European Jewish life. It is a culture, Diner says, that not only memorializes the 6 million who perished, but attempts to remake the world in light of this catastrophe.

At 7 p.m. that day, Diner will present the lecture, “Jewish Peddlers and the Discovery of New Worlds” at Temple Beth Tzedek, 621 Getzville Rd.

She will discuss how, from the middle of the 19th century into the first decades of the 20th century, peddling — selling goods place-to-place or door-to-door — helped many of the millions of Jews emigrating out of Europe and the Ottoman Empire to create new lives and new communities across the globe…READ MORE

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