350 Years of American Jewry, 1654-2004: Transcending the European Experience?

350 Years of American Jewry, 1654-2004: Transcending the European Experience?

Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing, PD Dr. Cornelia Wilhelm, Historisches Seminar, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Dr. Christian Wiese, Judaistik, Universität Erfurt
Tutzing (bei München)
From - Until
23.05.2005 - 26.05.2005
Cornelia Wilhelm

Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing, Buchensee 1, 82327 Tutzing, Tel. 08158/256-0; Fax: 08158/256-14+15, http://www.apb-tutzing.de/

The Conference:
The main theme of the conference will revolve around the question: Did America keep the promise it originally made to Jewish immigration from Europe, and if so - how was the American Jewish Experience different - where in particular was it able to transcend the limits of the European experience?
Trying to focus on this question, we hope to create a new trans-national perspective on Jewish history which is largely missing from American History as well as from Jewish Studies. Such an approach will also help us to move beyond the narrow boundaries of Ethnic History and integrate Jewish History into the larger narrative of Jewish-non-Jewish relations in various societies.


Monday, May 23, 2005

Welcome and Opening Remarks, 14h:

Prof. Dr. H. Oberreuter, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing
Cornelia Wilhelm (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Christian Wiese (Universität Erfurt)

Keynote address
Finding a New Zion in America?
Religion, Ethnicity and Interfaith Relations in the
United States of America and Europe, 1654-2003
(Hasia Diner, New York University)


Afternoon Session, 16-18h:

Colonial Identities

Seeking Religious Tolerance as Agents of Colonial Enterprise:
The Sephardic Community in Colonial America
Judah M. Cohen (New York University, New York City)

Religion and National Independence:
Religion and Civic Identity - American Jews and the First Modern Nation
(Eli Faber, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City)

Chair: Winfried Schulze (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)


Evening Lecture, 20h:

The Emergence of an American Judaism I

From One Judaism to Many: Embryonic Development of a
Modern Pluralistic Judaism in Nineteenth Century America
Dana Kaplan (University of Missouri, Kansas City, KA)

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Morning Session, 9h-1230h:

The Emergence of an American Judaism II

Beyond the Synagogue Gallery: America Paves the Way for Jewish Women
(Karla Goldman, American-Jewish Women's Archives, Boston, MA)

An Old Battle and the Prospects of Peace :
Jewish-Christian Relationship in Nineteenth Century America
(Yaakov Ariel, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC)


From Aryan and Semite to Black and White:
Jewish Racial Identity in German and American Contexts
(Eric Goldstein, Emory University, Atlanta, GA)

German Jews and the Civic Culture of Nineteenth-Century America
Cathleen Conzen, University of Chicago

Chair: Prof. Dr. Michael A. Meyer (Hebrew Union College Cincinnati, OH)


Afternoon Session, 1330h-18h:

New Immigration and New Challenges

America's Promise as a Place of Jewish Scholarship and Learning? -
Transatlantic Positions, Debates and Hopes, 1850-1930
(Christian Wiese, Universität Erfurt)

The Synagogue-Center Experiment in America, 1890-1920:
Building Jewish Community in the Open Society
David Kaufman (Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, CA)

Exporting Socialism:
The Influence of American Jewish Radicals on Russian Jews?
(Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI)


American Zionism in the Promised Land
(Arthur Goren, Columbia University, NY)

Is there a 'new' Anti-semitism in the United States?
(Leonhard Dinnerstein, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ)

Chair: Jacques Picard (Institut für Jüdische Studien, Universität Basel, CH)


Wednesday, May 25, 2004

Morning Session, 9h - 1230h:

From Holocaust to Cold War

The World Jewish Congress and America's Response to Nazism
(Mark Raider, State University of New York, Albany, NY)

German Refugee Rabbis and the American Civil Rights Movement
(Cornelia Wilhelm, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)


American - Jewish Culture?
(Stephen Whitfield, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA)

American Jews and the Middle East Crisis
(Michael Staub, Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, OH)

Chair: Anthony Kauders (Universität München)


Afternoon Session, 15h - 18h:

Taking on a New Role?

American Responses to the Holocaust
(Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ)

Resisters and Accommodators Revisited:
Reflections on the study of Orthodoxy in America
(Jeffrey Gurock, Yeshiva University, New York City)


Russian-Jewish Immigrants in Europe and the USA:
Enclaves or Trans-national Communities?
(Willi Jasper, Universität Potsdam)

Jewish History for the 21st Century: A New Master Narrative?
Michael Brenner (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Chair: Michael Brocke (S.-Steinheim-Institut, Universität Duisburg/Düsseldorf)


Evening Lecture, 20h:

From Periphery to Centre: American Jewry and Jewish History after the Holocaust
(Jonathan Sarna, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA)

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Conclusion and Outlook - Roundtable Discussion, 10h -12h:

American Jewry and American Politics: Less Can Be More.
(Henry Feingold, Baruch College, New York City)

Transcending the European Experience?
A Reappraisal of America's Promise after 350 Years
Moderation: Andreas Gotzmann (Universität Erfurt)

Jonathan Sarna (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA)
Dan Diner (Simon-Dubnow-Institut and Universität Leipzig)
Berndt Ostendorf (Amerika-Institut, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Henry Feingold (Baruch College, New York City)


Contact (announcement)

Heike Bäuerle

Akademie für Politische Bildung
Buchensee 1, 82327 Tutzing

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