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UM Frankel Center Event: What Ifs of Jewish History

February 11 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Cost: Free

What Ifs of Jewish History

Gavriel Rosenfeld, Fairfield University, in conversation with Devi Mays and Jeff Veidlinger, University of Michigan

What if the Jews of Spain had not been expelled in 1492? What if Adolf Hitler had been assassinated in 1939? What if a Jewish state had been established in Uganda instead of Palestine? In his talk, Gavriel D. Rosenfeld discusses how these and other counterfactual questions would have affected the course of Jewish history. Drawing on his edited volume, “What Ifs of Jewish History” (2016), he discusses why Jewish historians were historically slow to adopt the increasingly popular methodology of counterfactual reasoning in their work, and how they have finally begun to do so in recent years. He concludes with some reflections on the merits of speculating about how the course of Jewish history might have been different.

There is both an accessible elevator and gender-neutral restroom on the first and second floor. If you have a disability that requires an accommodation, contact judaicstudies@umich.edu or 734-763-9047.

Details

Date:
February 11
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://lsa.umich.edu/judaic/news-events/all-events.detail.html/70132-17538850.html

Organizer

University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
Phone:
7346158503
Email:
js-event-coord@umich.edu
Website:
https://lsa.umich.edu/judaic

Other

Event Area of Town
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti
Open to the Community
Yes

Venue

Thayer Building

202 S. Thayer Room 2022
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 united States
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