Lowe Family Lecture - Ukrainian Jews in Early Twentieth-Century: Contested Visions of Diaspora and Nation

Sunday,October 22nd

4 pm MST, 7 pm EDT on Zoom and in person at AZ Jewish Historical Society, 122 E Culver St, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Brian Horowitz, Tulane University (LA)

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Co-sponsored by the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies and funded by the Lowe Family Holocaust and Genocide Education Endowment. 4 pm MST, 7 pm EDT on Zoom and in person.

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In person program will be held at the AZ Jewish Historical Society, 122 E Culver St, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

In Jewish writing of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, we find wildly opposite descriptions of Ukraine. One Ukraine is bright, sunny, optimistic, a haven, a new start, freedom. The other is marked by anti-Jewish violence, the proverbial pogrom, and worse. This is the tale of an inhospitable Ukraine, murder and suffering. In this talk, Prof. Brian Horowitz  (Sizeler Faily Chair Professor of Tulane University) will unpack how and why such opposing images were used to characterize the expanse of land and manifold peoples among whom Jews lived and thrived for over a millennium.

Brian Horowitz attended New York University (B.A.) and University of California, Berkeley (M. A., PhD.), where he studied Slavic Languages. He holds the Sizeler Family Chair and is full professor of Jewish Studies at Tulane University. He is the author of six books that include, Vladimir Jabotinsky’s Russian Years (2020); Russian Idea-Jewish Presence (2013); Empire Jews (2009) and Jewish Philanthropy and Enlightenment in Late-Tsarist Russia (2009). He is presently working on history of Jews in Ukraine.