The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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March 25- History as Witness: Jewish Historians Take the Stand by David Myers (UCLA)

David N. Myers Presents:

History as Witness: Jewish Historians Take the Stand

MAR 25, 2015 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM

The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue/  ROOM: C201

What use is history?  This perennial question will be explored through the lens of modern Jewish historians who have served as advocates and witnesses, at times in actual courtroom settings and more frequently beyond.  In examining this tradition, we will explore the relationship between history and law–and in doing so, gain a clearer understanding of the stakes of history.

David N. Myers is Professor and Robert N. Burr Chair in the department of History at UCLA. He has written extensively in the fields of modern Jewish intellectual and cultural history, with a particular interest in the history of Jewish historiography. He is the author of Re-Inventing the Jewish Past: European Jewish Intellectuals and the Zionist Return to History (Oxford: 1995), Resisting History: Historicism and its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought (Princeton, 2003), and Between Jew and Arab: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz (Brandeis University Press, 2008). Myers has edited six books, including The Jewish Past Revisited and Enlightenment and Diaspora: The Armenian and Jewish Cases.