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Working Memory: Present Day Uses of the Jewish Past – Panel One

Hosted By: Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University

In the Jewish tradition, collective memory is not merely a sterile recall of past events — it is a conveyer of meaning, a way of selecting, shaping, and transmitting the values and commitments of the past in order to shape the present and future. Over the course of two panel discussions, some of today’s leading scholars will discuss the ways in which Jewish memory has been crafted, augmented, instrumentalized, and contested: from debates over how to memorialize anti-Semitism in pre-modern Europe, to Jewish perspectives on Confederate memory in the southern US, and to the rise of nostalgia as a modern Jewish mitzvah.

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