Ghetto as place and idea is first lecture in CJS spring 2019 program

The first lecture in the College of Jewish Studies spring program, “Rethinking ‘the Ghetto’ in Jewish History and Beyond,” will be held on Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 pm, when Mitchell Duneier, professor of sociology and chairman of the Department of Sociology at Princeton University will speak on “Ghetto: Invention of a Place, History of an Idea.” Duneier, author of the book of the same title as his lecture, will speak on the idea of the ghetto from its beginnings in the 16th century, its revival by the Nazis to the present day and how an understanding of the ghettos of Europe can help lead to an understanding of race, poverty and American urban problems.
Duneier is an award-winning sociologist and urban ethnographer. His research focuses on the urban poor and other groups in the margins of society. His first book, “Slim’s Table: Race, Respectability, and Masculinity,” won the 1994 American Sociological Association’s award for Distinguished Scholarly Publication and the Chicago Sun-Times Book of the Year Award. Duneier’s book “Sidewalk” won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in 1999. In 2016, he published “Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea,” a New York Times Notable Book of 2016, winner of the Zócalo Public Square Book Prize and was short-listed for Phi Beta Kappa’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award. A review in The Wall Street Journal of “Ghetto” praised the book for being “Brilliant … an incisive, balanced yet commendably biting account of the unfinished history of the ghetto.”
College of Jewish Studies programs are open to the entire community; general admission is $8 per program, or $20 for all three programs; senior admission is $5 per program or $12 for all three programs. BU students are welcome to attend with no charge. All programs begin at 7:30 pm at the Jewish Community Center.
The College of Jewish Studies provides opportunities for adult Jewish education for the Broome County community by offering fall and spring programs. Drawing on local resources and inviting scholars and experts from a range of universities and cultural and religious institutions, CJS sponsors a wide array of programs dealing with Jewish history, culture, religion and politics.
The College of Jewish Studies, founded in 1986, is an informal coalition between the Judaic Studies Department of Binghamton University and several area Jewish sponsoring institutions: the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, Beth David Synagogue, Temple Concord and Temple Israel. Programming for CJS would not be possible without the additional financial support of a generous grant from the Community Foundation for South Central New York – David and Virginia Eisenberg Donor Advised Fund, the Jacob and Rose Olum Foundation, the B’nai B’rith Lectureship Fund, the Victor and Esther Rozen Foundation, an endowment fund from the former Temple Beth El of Endicott, a grant from the JoyVel Charitable Fund and donations of individual sponsors.
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