Kentucky Jewish History Symposium, April 12-13, Lexington

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April 12, 2018 to April 13, 2018
Kentucky, United States
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Ethnic History / Studies, Oral History, World History / Studies, Jewish History / Studies

To celebrate the establishment of the Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project, we are hosting a the Kentucky Jewish History Symposium at the University of Kentucky April 12-13, 2018. Thanks to a unique partnership between University of Kentucky’s Interdisciplinary Program in Jewish Studies, the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence (JHFE), and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky students contribute to an innovative initiative that documents and preserves Kentucky’s Jewish heritage: The JHFE Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project.The project’s goal is to establish the largest, sustainable collection of Kentucky Jewish oral histories in the state. Originally conceived to collect a minimum of 55 oral histories from Jewish Kentuckians across the Commonwealth, the collection currently includes 75 interviews and continues to grow. Many of the digital oral histories are already publicly accessible online through the Louie B. Nunn Center’s digital repository, the JHFE Jewish Kentucky Oral History Collection. 

Symposium Details

The symposium begins Thurs.  April 12, 7:30 pm with a keynote lecture by Prof. Rabbi Gary Zola, Executive Director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, " Profiles in Kentucky Jewish Courage," which promises to place Kentucky Jewish history in its national and transnational contexts. This event takes place at the Hilary J. Boone Center (with free parking in the lot off of Columbia Avenue and a dessert reception immediately following).

We have a full day of sessions scheduled for Fri. April 13, 2018 from 8:30-4:00 in both the Niles Gallery and the King Library. Sessions feature invited scholars, UK faculty, and UK students as presenters. The keynote lunch is free and will feature a lecture from Jerry Abramson, former mayor of Louisville; Lt Governor of Kentucky; and Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.  For the full program, click here.

Registration is free and open to the public.

We hope you will register, attend, and encourage your students to do so as well. Please help us spread the word by sharing this announcement widely. 

Dr. Jan Fernheimer (Zantker Professor and Director of Jewish Studies)
Dr. Beth Goldstein (Associate Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation)
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Contact Info: 

Dr. Janice W. Fernheimer
Zantker Professor and Director of Jewish Studies
Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies
University of Kentucky
1303 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
Office phone: (859) 257-6973

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