Spring 2019

Rethinking "the Ghetto" in Jewish History and Beyond


May 2  Ghetto: Invention of a Place, History of an Idea

Mitchell Duneier is Professor of Sociology and chair of the department of sociology at Princeton University. He is an award-winning urban ethnographer.  His first book, Slim's Table won the 1994 American Sociological Association's award for Distinguished Scholarly Publication and the Chicago Sun-Times Book of the Year Award.  His book, Sidewalk  won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in 1999.  In 2016, he published Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea, a New York Times Notable Book of 2016 and winner of the Zócalo Public Square Book Prize. 


May 9 From Venice to Rome: Jewish Girls an d Women in Early-Modern              Italian Ghettos


Federica Francesconi is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Judaic Studies Program at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her research and publications address the social, religious, and cultural aspects of the early modern history of Jews in Italy, focusing on the multifaceted politics and dynamics of ghetto life. She earned her PhD from the University of Haifa and held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oxford, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her forthcoming monograph is titled Invisible Enlighteners: Modenese Jewry from Renaissance to Emancipation.


May 16  Painting a Ghetto Paradise: The Political Artistry of Moritz Daniel              Oppenheim


Gina Glasman teaches Yiddish language and lectures on the history of Jewish Eastern Europe at Binghamton University on topics such as “The Making of Modern Yiddish Culture,” “Jewish Immigrant New York,” and “The Ghetto and the City.”  She has a background in museum curation and archival work in London, Philadelphia, and New York. Her most   recent publications include translations from Hebrew and Yiddish literature.  She is currently working on research for a book entitled, “The Yiddish Fin de Siècle” which charts the landscape of the Yiddish speaking world at the turn of the twentieth century.



                                                                                   Lectures begin at 7:30 pm

                                                            at the

                                             Jewish Community Center

                                                 500 Clubhouse Road

                                                     Vestal, NY 13850