2019 marks the inauguration of the first Stanley M. Hordes Distinguished Scholar Lecture.
SCJS is proud to honor author/historian Dr. David Gitlitz whose canon of works exploring crypto-Judaic culture are unmatched. Notable are “Secrecy & Deceit -The Religion of the Crypto-Jews,” a major resource for researchers, the collectible “Drizzle of Honey,” Sephardic recipes gleaned from Inquisition testimonies, and “The Lost Minyan,” a further exploration of the Inquisition experience.
Dr. Gitlitz is a former professor emeritus of Hispanic studies, University of Rhode Island, former chair of modern languages at the University of Nebraska, former associate professor of Spanish, Indiana University, anda graduate of Oberlin College and Harvard University. A recipient of the National Jewish Book Award for Sephardic Studies, his other areas of interest include the Spanish Golden Age of Literature, pilgrimage studies, university administration and teaching. Gitlitz researched, traveled and wrote together with his wife, the late Linda Davidson. For the first Stanley M. Hordes Distinguished Scholar Lecture, David will present Twenty Generations of Conversos and the Transmission of Jewish Identity.
Dr. Stanley M. Hordes was one of the founding members of SCJS, as well as its passionate visionary. A former state historian for New Mexico and author of the pivotal work,
“To the End of the Earth, New Mexico’s Crypto-Jews,”a book that has been a major factor in shaping thought about the descendants of Spanish conversos or crypto-Jews in the American Southwest, his dedication to this field of research and SCJS is inspiring. He was recently honored by the Santa Fe Jewish Book Council with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Hordes is an adjunct research professor at the Latin America and Iberian Institute of the University of New Mexico and holds a PhD from Tulane University. His leadership of SCJS over the decades is immeasurable. Now serving on our SCJS Advisory Council, his enormous influence and accomplishments will be honored in perpetuity.