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How - And Why - Jewish Academia Went Mainstream

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How the study of the Jews and Judaism in America rose to its current position as a respected field.

How did the study of the Jews and Judaism in America rise from being considered an amateurish enterprise, unworthy of serious consideration in the world of ideas, to its current position as a respected field in communication with all humanities scholars?

That’s the question 16 senior scholars of American Jewish history answer in Dr. Jeffrey Gurock’s new anthology, "CONVERSATIONS WITH COLLEAGUES: On Becoming an American Jewish Historian."

Jeffrey Gurrock, the Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, and three of the scholars featured in his book will be in Cincinnati May 15 for a public conversation on how they and their colleagues have moved their discipline into the academic mainstream.

Dr. Gurrock joins "Cincinnati Edition" this afternoon, along with American Jewish Archives Executive Director Dr. Gary P. Zola to discuss American Jewish history.

"CONVERSATIONS WITH COLLEAGUES: On Becoming an American Jewish Historian" will be held Tuesday, May 15, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, on the campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Tune in to "Cincinnati Edition" May 7 at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.