Sun, May 19
Sun, May 19


Legacies of Violence: The Pogroms of the Russian Civil War at 100

Join a group of distinguished scholars to commemorate the centennial of the 1919 wave of anti-Jewish violence unleashed by the Russian Civil War.They will discuss the pogroms through the lenses of the specific geopolitical context where the violence erupted, as well as in a comparative framework in relation to anti-Black violence. The presenters will also explore the power of literary responses to anti-Jewish violence and reassess the role that pogroms play in Jewish memory and history. 

10:00 am– 11:30 am:
On Literature and Pogroms
Chair: Anita Norich, University of Michigan
Presenter: Amelia Glaser, UC San Diego
Presenter: Harriet Murav, University of Illinois
Discussant: Val Vinokur, The new School

11:30 am – 11:45 am: Coffee break

11:45 am – 1:15 pm:
Toward a Comparative Approach
Chair: Eugene Avrutin, University of Illinois
Presenter: Michele Mitchell, New York University
Presenter: Benjamin Gampel, Jewish Theological Seminary
Discussant: Bob Weinberg, Swarthmore College

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch (on your own)

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm:
Pogroms in Context: Russia and Poland
Chair: Faith Hillis, University of Chicago
Presenter: Glenn Dynner, Sarah Lawrence College
Presenter: Polly Zavadivker, University of Delaware
Presenter: Anna Cichopek-Gajraj, Arizona State University
Presenter: Bob Weinberg, Swarthmore College

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Coffee break

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm:
Pogroms in History and Memory: A Conversation
Elissa Bemporad, Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
Jeffrey Veidlinger, University of Michigan
Steve Zipperstein, Stanford University

The conference is organized thanks to the generous support of the Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jews, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and The Blavatnik Family Foundation.

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