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Jewish Studies Lectures

Each year, the Jewish Studies Program sponsors several public events in order to forge connections between the Westchester Jewish community and the undergraduate program. These events can include:

  • films, often Israeli or international, moderated by faculty members or guest speakers
  • public lectures on topics in history, religion, literature, or philosophy, usually thematically tied to a course
  • lectures relating to Holocaust studies 

Past Lectures

  • Assistant Professor of History Christian Bailey Falling in Love with Germans, Falling in  Love with Germany?

    Intermarriage between Jews and Christians is often seen as the final frontier for Jewish assimilation into German society. But did falling in love with a Christian mean exchanging your Jewish identity for a secular German one? Using diaries, love letters and film, this talk assesses the political significance of love relationships between Jews and other Germans during a period of dramatic change in Germany.

    Christian Bailey is Assistant Professor of History at Purchase College SUNY. His First book, Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: German Visions of Europe, 1926-1950, focused on German ideas for integrating Europe in the mind-20th Century.

    Free and Open to the Public.


    This lecture is the Roberta Barkan Memorial Lecture of the Jewish Studies Program, sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and co-sponsored by the History Program of Purchase College SUNY. The Barkan lecture series is made possible in part by the Smart Family Foundation. 

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The Jewish Studies Program would like to thank those who support the Barkan lecture Series, the Smart Family Foundation, the Samuel G. Fredman Family Program in Holocaust education in memory of Mims Fredman, and the Julian and Barbara Juster Fund for Holocause Studies for making many of these events possible.