American Jewish Experience in Film

Thursdays, January 4 - January 25
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Dr. Sigman Friedman will discuss trends in American Jewish History using four classic films: "Hester Street," "The Jazz Singer" (original 1927 version), "Gentleman's Agreement" and "Avalon." These films explore themes such as Jewish identity, family tensions, intergenerational conflict, socioeconomic and residential mobility, antisemitism and accommodation to the American environment. 

All relevant materials will be given out in class. For further information, Dr. Sigman Friedman also recommends the book, "The American Jewish Story through Cinema" by Eric A. Goldman.