Sex in the Shtetl: The Eastern European Roots
of the Modern Jewish Family
Dr. Olga Litvak, the Rabbi Sally J. Priesand Visiting Fellow in Jewish Women's Studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, will present a lecture on “Sex in the Shtetl: The Eastern European Roots of the Modern Jewish Family” on Wednesday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m. at Mayerson Hall, located on HUC-JIR’s campus, 3101 Clifton Avenue.
The view of the Eastern European Jewish family as the bulwark of tradition against the incursions of the modern world is a much-beloved contemporary cliché. This lecture explores the social and cultural beginnings of the modern Jewish family in late imperial Russia, and will revisit classical imaginative treatments of Jewish family life such as Sholem-aleichem’s Tevye the Dairyman, Jabotinsky’s The Five and Agnon’s The Bridal Canopy.
Dr. Litvak is a graduate of Columbia University and specializes in Eastern European and modern Jewish history. She has written and lectured on a wide range of subjects related to the study of Russian Jewry, including urban violence, literary and artistic life, war, revolution and migration. Dr. Litvak currently serves as associate professor at Clark University and holds the Michael and Lisa Leffell Chair in Modern Jewish History.
Please RSVP for this event at (513) 487-3231 or JGreer@huc.edu
HUC-JIR expresses its appreciation to the Women's Rabbinic Network for its leadership in creating the Rabbi Sally J. Priesand Visiting Fellow in Jewish Women's Studies.
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