BU Judaic Studies to hold Margolis Memorial Lecture as symposium on Oct. 28-29

The Binghamton University Department of Judaic Studies will present the annual Rabbi Moses Margolis Memorial Lecture as a symposium on “Early Modern Jewish History,” with the contributors and editors of the “Cambridge History of Judaism: Volume 7, the Early Modern World, 1500-1815,” from Sunday-Monday, October 28-29. 
Prize-winning Princeton University historian Yair Mintzker will deliver the Rabbi Moses Margolis Memorial Lecture on “Joseph and His Brothers: The Notorious Trial and Execution of ‘Jew Süss’ (1737-38) from a Jewish Perspective.” The presentation will be held at Binghamton University’s Old Union (UU 215) on October 28 at 7 pm. It is free and open to the general public. A reception, sponsored by Cambridge University Press and also open to the public, will follow. Those planning to attend the events must RSVP to mdragojl@binghamton.edu.
On October 29, from 9 am-1 pm, in Library North 1106, the symposium will continue with a panel discussion featuring Mintzker; Elisheva Carlebach, director of the Institute for Israel and the Jewish Studies Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society at Columbia University; David B. Ruderman, the Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History in the Department of History at University of Pennsylvania; Lawrence Fine, the Irene Kaplan Leiwant Professor of Jewish Studies and professor of religion at Mount Holyoke College; Francesca Bregoli, the Joseph and Oro Halegua Chair in Greek and Sephardic Jewish Studies, associate professor of history at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY; Todd Endelman, the William Haber Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Michigan; Glenn Dynner, professor of Jewish studies and chair of humanities at Sarah Lawrence College; Adam Sutcliffe, reader in the European History Department of History King’s College London, U.K.; and Jonathan Karp, associate professor of Judaic studies and history at Binghamton University, SUNY.
Mintzker’s presentation for the October 28 lecture will be based on his 2017 book, “The Many Deaths of Jew Süss,” which was published by Princeton University Press and received the National Jewish Book Award. “Mintzker’s book is an astonishing work of historical reconstruction,” said Karp. “It analyzes the notorious 1738 trial of the flamboyant and controversial Würtemmberg Court Jew, Joseph Süss Oppenheimer, from the perspective of a handful of its participants and contemporaries, affording a kind of Rorschach test that reveals much about both the Jewish and non-Jewish milieus in which Oppenheimer operated.” 
Mintzker was born in Jerusalem and studied at Tel Aviv University as well as Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2010. His first book, “The Defortification of the German City, 1689-1866 (2012),” received the Urban History Association Best Book Prize. 
The symposium will also celebrate the publication of “The Cambridge History of Judaism: Volume 7, The Early Modern World, 1500-1815” edited by Karp and Sutcliffe. The symposium is sponsored by the BU Department of Judaic Studies and the Margolis Lectureship in Jewish Studies. It is co-sponsored by the Temple Beth El Endowment, BU History Department, Cambridge University Press and CNES.