The Politics of the Society for the Promotion of Enlightenment Among the Jews of Russia
Horowitz, Brian - Tulane University

2012-01-26 12:10:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:01:00

In this lecture, Horowitz shows how the Society, established by Russia’s wealthiest Jews in 1863 with the aim of spreading enlightenment, became inflected with Jewish nationalism in the 1880s. Examining the ideal of the society’s leaders to unite the struggle for personal and collective cultural rights, he draws attention to two contexts: efforts to create an ideal modern Jewish school and Jewish relief work during World War I.

Brian Horowitz is the Sizeler Family Chair Professor of Jewish Studies at Tulane University. He is the author of three published books and two edited volumes. His own books are: Jewish Philanthropy and Enlightenment in Late-Tsarist Russia (U of Washington Press, 2009); Empire Jews (Slavica, 2009); The Myth of A. S. Pushkin in Russia's Silver Age (Northwestern U. P. 1997) and, now, another book of essays: Russian Idea: Jewish Presence (Academic Studies Press) in Lazar Fleishman's series on Russian Literature and Culture. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Yad Hanadiv, Lady Davis, Fulbright, and the Alexander Von Humboldt research fellowship. While a fellow at the Frankel Institute, he is pursuing research for a critical biography of Vladimir Jabotinsky.


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