Jews and Higher Education: Intellectual Assimilation and Its Discontents
Dash Moore, Deborah - University of Michigan

2012-10-17 7:07 PM
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Rackham Building Assembly Room
Duration: 01:48:00

Panel with Daniel Horowitz, Smith College; Kirsten Fermaglich, MSU; and Jonathan Freedman, Deborah Dash Moore, and Karla Goldman, U-M

Beginning in the 1920s, when quotas were established at many universities limiting the number of Jewish applicants, to the present day, when Jewish students and faculty are (in the words of historian David Hollinger) “over-represented” at major institutions of higher learning, the relation between Jews and the institutions in which they found themselves have been multiple, vexed, and fascinatingly rich.

In our symposium, four scholars who are themselves experienced the problems and possibilities of being Jewish in universities discuss the historical shape and the cultural implications of Jewish experience, at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty level, at such institutions as Yale, Wellesley, Columbia, the University of Iowa, Michigan State and Michigan. Concentrating on the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s (but with reference to times before and since), Daniel Horowitz of Smith College, Kirsten Fermaglich of MSU, Jonathan Freedman and Deborah Dash Moore from the Frankel Center at U-M, and Karla Goldman, director of the Jewish Communal Leadership Program at U-M’s School of Social Work as well as the Frankel Center, discuss such issues as: assimilation, identity and name-changing; discrimination and Jewish responses to same; genteel and other forms of exclusionary behavior; the changes that Jewish faculty and students made in the institutions in which they entered; the difference (or lack thereof) between Ivy League and Big Ten universities in their responses to Jewish students and faculty; and many more.

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