Dr. Jonathan Krasner
Newly-Appointed Assistant Professor of American Jewish History at
HUC-JIR/Cincinnati to present at first Food For Thought Luncheon
Lecture of 2002-2003 Series
Dr. Jonathan Krasner,
newly-appointed assistant professor of American Jewish History at
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will present
"A Recipe for American Jewish Integration: The Adventures of K'tonton
and Hillel's Happy Holidays" at the first Food for Thought Luncheon
Lecture of 2002-2003. The lecture will take place at noon on Wednesday,
September 18, 2002 in Mayerson Hall Auditorium, 3101 Clifton Avenue.
This will be Dr. Krasner's first public lecture in the Cincinnati
Rabbi David Ellenson, president of HUC-JIR announced the appointment
of Dr. Krasner as assistant professor of American Jewish History
at HUC-JIR, Cincinnati as of July 1, 2002. Dr. Krasner will teach
a core course in American Jewish History (with Dr. Gary Zola), and
will teach electives in such areas as American Jewish Intellectual
History, American Jewish Literature, the Sociology of the American
Jewish Community, the Historiography of American Jewish History,
and American Jewry and Zionism. Rabbi Ellenson stated: "We welcome
Dr. Krasner, whose scholarship, teaching, and mentorship will enhance
our academic programs."
During the Food For Thought Lecture, Dr. Krasner will explore
issues of American Jewish integration during the inter-war years.
The session will focus on two of the most popular Jewish children's
books of the era and explore the extent to which these books exemplify
the balancing act for American Jews between acculturation (becoming
"real Americans") and survival (the struggle to retain Jewishness
in a land of unprecedented openness).
Jonathan Krasner received his doctorate at Brandeis University
and holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University. The recipient of many
fellowships, he has been an American Jewish Archives Research Fellow
at HUC-JIR, Cincinnati. His dissertation focused on the representation
of insiders and outsiders in American Jewish schoolbooks. He is
currently revising it for publication. His lecture today is based
on an article that will soon appear in "The Lion and the Unicorn,"
a journal devoted to the study of children's literature.
Prior to joining the faculty at HUC-JIR, Dr. Krasner served as
Chair of the History Department at the New Jewish High School in
Boston, where he developed school-wide curricula, supervised and
evaluated teachers, as well as taught courses in American Jewish
History, Zionism and Israel, European Jewish History, and Humanities.
In addition, he brings to HUC-JIR many years of teaching experience
on the college and high school levels.
In its thirteenth season, Food For Thought features HUC-JIR faculty
and scholars who discuss their fields of expertise and recent research
with the public. The Department of Outreach Education invites the
community to learn with Dr. Jonathan Krasner. A hot buffet lunch
will be available for $8; reservations are necessary. There is a
$2 fee to attend the lecture only. To learn more about Food For
Thought, the Department of Outreach Education of HUC-JIR, or to
make a reservation contact Marcia Cruse, (513) 221-1875 ext. 353.