Oct/28 09:00 pm
Lecture and discussion with Dr. Hasia R. Diner
Join us as Dr. Hasia R. Diner discusses Julius Rosenwald, American Jew, Social Activist and Philanthropist.
The son of a former peddler and an immigrant from the German speaking lands, Julius Rosenwald, (1862-1932) made a fortune as president of Sears, Roebuck. He turned his attention fairly early on to giving his money away. How he gave it, and how he developed a distinctive philosophy of giving provides a fascinating historical narrative. As a deeply committed, communally engaged Jew, he took up the cause of African Americans during the era of Jim Crow. His commitment to social action offers a way of understanding not just early twentieth century American history, but of American Jewish life in the decades from the 1910s through the 1930s.
Interestingly, Rosenwald also had a connection to the Philadelphia area—his son, Lessing Rosenwald, had a home in nearby Abington (now the Abington Arts Center) and was a member of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel (KI) of Elkins Park.
About the speaker: Hasia R. Diner, Ph.D.
Hasia R. Diner is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and Director of the Goren-Goldstein Center for American Jewish History at New York University. She is the author of numerous books in that field (including Julius Rosenwald: Repairing the World and in the history of American women and American immigration history. Her most recent publications include Hungering for America: Italian, Irish and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration; Lower East Side Memories: The Jewish Place in America; (with Beryl Lief Benderly) Her Works Praise Her: A History of Jewish Women in America: From Colonial Times to the Present and The Jews of the United States: 1654–2000.
Books will be available for purchase.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.