The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

GC Events

April 1 – Why Study Conversion and Radical Assimilation?

The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue / Room C201
Having recently published a study of conversion and radical assimilation in modern Jewish history, Prof. Endelman will reflect on how the study of Jews who did not want to be Jews illuminates broader currents in Jewish history. He will discuss the relevance of studying drift and defection for the history of acculturation, integration, and emancipation more generally, both in Europe and the United States. He will also discuss how the study of conversion illuminates questions about the strength of antisemitism in particular countries.
Todd M. Endelman is Professor of Modern Jewish History Emeritus at the University of Michigan. He specializes in the social history of Jews in Western Europe and in Anglo-Jewish history. He is the author of The Jews of Georgian England, 1714-1830: Tradition and Change in a Liberal Society (1979), Radical Assimilation in Anglo-Jewish History, 1656-1945 (1990), The Jews of Britain, 1656-2000 (2002), and Broadening Jewish History: Towards a Social History of Ordinary Jews (2011). His new book Leaving the Jewish Fold: Conversion and Radical Assimilation in Modern Jewish History appeared in February 2015 with Princeton University Press.
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and the Committee for the Study of Religion
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