American Jews and the Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm
Photo of Marc Dollinger smiling in front of a bookshelf

Join us as we explore a new understanding of American Jewish participation in the modern civil rights movement. Starting in the South, Professor Marc Dollinger examines how and why southern Jews took differing approaches to racial justice work. Then, we’ll turn to the North, only to find some surprising similarities between the regions. What inspired Jewish participation in social justice causes? What possibilities and limits did it create? Prepare yourself for new ways of thinking. Free.

Presented by the Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies. Co-sponsored by the Classics Department and the Jewish Community Library.

Marc Dollinger

Marc Dollinger holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. He is author of four scholarly books in American Jewish history, most recently “Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing The Alliance in the 1960s.” He has published entries in the “Encyclopedia Judaica,” “Encyclopedia of Antisemitism” and “Encyclopedia of African American Education.” His next project traces his own experience fighting campus antisemitism at both right-wing and left-wing universities.

Online (Zoom)
Rachel Gross