Talk: “How Judaism Became an American Religion,” Rachel Gordan (University of Florida, Gainesville)

Lunch provided with RSVP to by Friday, November 2.

In the mid-twentieth century, Jews and Judaism in America underwent dramatic transformation. In the first half of the twentieth century, Jews in America had been viewed as aliens, members of a not-quite-white, persecuted and marginalized race – by midcentury, theirs was understood to be the country’s “third faith.” How did this happen? Rachel Gordan’s talk examines this transformational moment in the American Jewish experience, with particular attention to the role of middlebrow culture.

Event details:

For parking: Nearest garages is San Jacinto Garage (SJG). See link: Google Maps

Sponsored by: Gale Collaborative on Jewish Life in the Americas

About Dr. Gordan: Rachel Gordan received her PhD from Harvard University, in North American Religions; her BA from Yale in American Studies, and her MAR from Yale Divinity school. After receiving her PhD, she held postdoctoral fellowships at Northwestern University and at the University of Toronto, before teaching at Boston University and Brandeis in 2016-2017. As a scholar of American religion, she researches Judaism and Jewish culture from the early 20th century to the present, with a particular focus on the immediate Post-WWII era, middlebrow culture, and American Jewish literary history.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Patton Hall (RLP), 1.302E
305 23RD ST E, Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Academics, World & Culture


College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public




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