Speaker/Performance Series

Fall 2021

Reams of Hate: The Legacy of Henry Ford's Antisemitic Newspaper

Monday, September 13, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Recording- YouTube Link
Dr. Catherine Cangany

2019 marked the centennial of Henry Ford’s wildly popular antisemitic newspaper, The Dearborn Independent—in its day, the second-most widely read paper in the United States. And yet, even in 2021, the Independent lives on. Its articles are still in print, now experiencing unprecedented reach, popularity, and power through social media, catalyzing antisemitic harassment and influencing extremist writings. 

The Eastern Michigan University Center for Jewish Studies invites you to join Catherine Cangany, PhD, executive director of Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, for an eye-opening look at how this chapter in our past is still very much present.

A Conversation with Rep. Elissa Slotkin

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
In Person- Student Center Auditorium                                                                                                        Recording- YouTube Link
Representative Elissa Slotkin

The EMU Center for Jewish Studies is delighted to host Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan's 8th Congressional District for our first on-campus event since the start of the pandemic. We hope to see many of you in person, but for those unable or would prefer online, we are also offering this event virtually on Zoom at the same time.

Jews, Bluegrass and Other 'American' Musics

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
In Person- Student Center Auditorium                                                                                                        Recording- YouTube Link
Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg
Among the first to capture Jewish American culture in the world of American roots music, Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg brilliantly blend Appalachian bluegrass, Celtic folk, and Eastern European traditions. But what is at stake in such a synthesis? Is their ensemble, Nefesh Mountain, the dawn of a new American sound? Please enjoy our recording of a joyous evening of talk and music!

Winter 2022

Tamar Manasseh: "An African-American Jewish Mother Repairing Cracks in Our Communities.”

Monday, January 24, 2022, 7:00 p.m. 
Recording- YouTube Link
Tamar Manasseh

Tamar Manasseh, an African-American Jewish mother of two teenagers, is Founder and Director of “Mothers and Men Against Senseless Killings” (MASK), an organization fighting gun violence on the streets of Chicago since 2015. She is also in what Rabbi Capers Funnye has described as “a watershed moment” for the Isrealite community, the first woman ordained to the rabbinate at Chicago’s Beth Shalom B’Nai Zaken Ethiopian Hewbrew Congregation. Tamar was kind enough to speak with Marty about her dedication to her work, and the many difficulties that she had to overcome along the way. 


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