“Out of the Fiery Furnace: Jewish Americans, African Americans, and Representations of Suffering in Children’s Literature” features a presentation by Dr. Jodi Eichler-Levine, Department of Religious Studies & Anthropology.
Jewish Americans and African Americans-- including Jewish African Americans, since these two categories are not mutually exclusive-- have histories of suffering in America and abroad. How are these histories narrated in works for children and young adults? How are issues of memory and representations of suffering intertwined? This talk focuses on depictions of Jews and African Americans in several contemporary works, with some nods to the history of children's literature and an emphasis on themes of suffering, memory, and the construction of American ethno-religious identities.
A lunch will be available at the nominal cost of $5 for faculty and staff and $3 for students beginning at 11:30 a.m., with the presentation starting at 12:00 noon. Reservations for lunch are required, and please let us know of any special dietary needs. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch. If you plan to join us for lunch before the presentation, please call the Dean’s office at Ext. 1289 by Monday, November 30. If you cannot come to lunch, please feel free to drop by at noon to hear the presentation.
The symposium will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Reeve Union 221.