Announcing “Amplifying Voices” Series in Partnership with Tucson JCC

Amplifying Voices” is a series of programs on the topic of race designed to bring together ideas of teshuva (recommitting to ways we can do better), personal growth, and reckoning. The programs will provide opportunities for reflection on race, religion, and identity, generating authentic and meaningful conversation so that we can learn to engage the world with sensitivity and compassion.

This series is presented by ACE at the Boulder JCC in partnership with the Tucson JCC. The first program is this Sunday:

By the Book: Understanding the Last 50 Years
Sunday, October 18, 5:00 – 6:00 pm MDT

(L-R) Professors Marc Dollinger, Jerome Dotson, and Gil Ribak will kick off the Amplifying Voices series with a Zoom discussion of Dollinger’s book, “Black Power, Jewish Politics” on Oct. 18.

Marc Dollinger will speak about his book, “Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance of the 1960s,” followed by a panel Q&A opportunity with Dr. Jerome Dotson and Dr. Gil Ribak .

In this 2018 publication, the author charts the transformation of American Jewish political culture from the Cold War liberal consensus of the early postwar years to the rise and influence of Black Power–inspired ethnic nationalism. Undermining widely held beliefs about the black-Jewish alliance, Dollinger describes a new political consensus, based on the identity politics that drew the black community and Jews together and altered the course of American liberalism.

Marc L. Dollinger is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. He holds a PhD in history from UCLA and lists his interests as including American Jewish history, Jewish social responsibility, and Jews and public policy in regards to church-state separation. He believes it’s a scholar’s obligation (and privilege) to “complicate the narrative and deepen learning.”

Jerome Dotson is an Assistant Professor, Africana Studies Program at the University of Arizona, a native of Atlanta, Georgia and a graduate of Morehouse College.  He holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history and an M.A. in African American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research and teaching interests focus on the African American history, Southern food ways, hip hop, folklore and politics of the body.  He previously taught at the University of Washington and Seattle University. Currently, he is working on a book-length manuscript,  tentatively titled: No Pork on My Fork: Race, Dietary Reform and Body Politics, 1830-1990” which explores the ways eating and diet have animated Black radicalism in the 19th and 20th centuries. “No Pork on My Fork” interrogates the cultural, social, and political significance of food consumption through an interrogation of the metonymic relationship between the black body and pork from slavery through 1990s Hip Hop.   

Gil Ribak is an Associate Professor at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. Born and raised in Israel, Professor Ribak has held several academic positions, including serving as the director of the Institute on Israeli-American Jewish Relations at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. His book, “Gentile New York: The Images of Non-Jews among Jewish Immigrants,” was published in 2012. His current project examines the representations of Black people in Yiddish culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Register here in order to receive the Zoom link that you’ll need in order to attend. The Zoom link will be emailed within 24 hours of the start of the program, and then again one hour prior to the start time.

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