Workshop on Hebrew Culture and Theory, September 24-26, 2016.

"Yiddish on the Battlefields of Spain" a talk by Jack Kugelmass, Wednesday, September 28th at 11:30, at 3312 Turlington Hall in the Center for European Studies conference room. Lunch will be served,

"Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food” a talk by Roger Horowitz, Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 5.30 pm, Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
Kosher USA follows the fascinating journey of kosher food through the modern industrial food system. It recounts how iconic products such as Coca-Cola and Jell-O tried to become kosher; the contentious debates among rabbis over the incorporation of modern science into Jewish law; how Manischewitz wine became the first kosher product to win over non-Jewish consumers (principally African Americans); the techniques used by Orthodox rabbinical organizations to embed kosher requirements into food manufacturing; and the difficulties encountered by kosher meat and other kosher foods that fell outside the American culinary consensus. Roger Horowitz is an historian of American business, technology, and labor and an expert on the nation’s food. He is the author of Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food (Columbia University Press, 2016), and Putting Meat on the American Table: Taste. Technology, Transformation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006). He is the Director of the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library, and Professor of History at the University of Delaware.

  • Made possible by the Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish History.
  • See the postcard for this event

"Sociability and Emancipation: Imperial Freemasonry and Jewry in the British West Indies (early 19th century)" a talk by Jan Jansen, Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 5.30 pm, Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
Jan C. Jansen is a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. He earned his PhD at the University of Konstanz in 2011 and was a fellow and lecturer at the University of Konstanz as well as a visiting researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and at the Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain in Tunis. His main research interests concern the comparative history of the European colonial empires and decolonization with a particular focus on North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic World. He is the author of Erobern und Erinnern: Symbolpolitik, öffentlicher Raum und französischer Kolonialismus in Algerien 1830–1950 (2013) and recently completed Decolonization: A Short History (co-authored with Jürgen Osterhammel, forthcoming with Princeton University Press in 2017). He is currently engaged in a research project on cross-border sociability in the Atlantic World during the age of revolutions (circa 1770s–1850s).

  • Made possible by the Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish History.
  • See the postcard for this event

"What Ifs and the Holocaust: Speculation and Memory", a talk by Gavriel D. Rosenfeld on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 5pm, Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
Professor of History at Fairfield University. His recent books include The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism (2005); Building after Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust (2011); Hi Hitler: How the Nazi Past is Being Normalized in Contemporary Culture (2015); and What Ifs of Jewish History from Abraham to Zionism (2016).

  • Made possible by the Norman & Irma Braman Chair in Holocaust Studies.
  • See the postcard for this event
All events are Free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

With appreciation...These programs are made possible by our sponsors, Schram Memorial Endowment, Melton Jewish Studies Endowment, Gerson Lecture Series, Breier Visiting Fellowship, Kahn Visiting Scholar Fund, Gerson Visiting Professor Fund, Futernick Professorship Fund, and Jewish Council of North Central Florida.

Back to Top





Student Resources


Past Events

Event Posters

Faculty/Graduate Seminar