Explore the National Museum of American Jewish History without ever leaving your neighborhood. We’ll come to you!
Inspired by the diverse content of our core exhibition, the National Museum of American Jewish History is pleased to offer a series of traveling lectures highlighting different aspects of the American Jewish experience. Each visually rich and engaging presentation will show the many ways in which Jews shape and were shaped by American society. Our highly trained instructors will bring the excitement of the Museum directly to your community and inspire you to further explore the Museum’s collection in-person or online.
Create your own lecture series by choosing from the following themes*:
*new themes added regularly. Check back soon
• Women in American Jewish History
• Art, Creativity, and Design in American Jewish History
• American Jewish Writers
• American Jews and the Law
• America’s History of Imperfect Freedom
What to expect:
• Each one hour lecture includes a PowerPoint presentation followed by discussion
• Our speaker will come to your location
• Each attendee will receive a discount on admission to the Museum
For questions contact the Education Department at 215 923.3811 x 118 or email@example.com
To book lectures contact Group Services at 215. 923.3811 x 141 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Adult Education, Fall 2013
American Presidents and American Jews
November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 2013; 10:15-11:45
From the days of George Washington to present time, American Jews have frequently turned to the White House to maintain and strengthen their civil rights in the United States and to seek validation that both Jews and Judaism are "upon an equality of rights" with other American religious and ethnic minorities. For the most part, American Presidents have agreed not only to resist the marginalization of the American Jewish community but to find ways to emphasize their rightful place in the United States. This course will explore the relations between seven American Presidents and the Jewish communities of their times.
This class will help create a contextualized understanding of the complex relationship between American Jews and seven key presidential administrations by utilizing richly illustrated (visual) lectures and special gallery tours.
Thematic Schedule (subject to change):
Week 1: George Washington
Week 2: Abraham Lincoln / Ulysses S. Grant
Week 3: Woodrow Wilson / Franklin D. Roosevelt
Week 4: Lyndon B. Johnson / Ronald Reagan
Instructor: RABBI LANCE J. SUSSMAN, Ph.D. began his service as the eighth Senior Rabbi of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in July 2001. A "Rabbi Doctor" in the tradition of KI's Dr. Bert Korn, Sussman is a renowned author and dynamic lecturer. He has published numerous books and articles, including Isaac Lesser and the Making of American Judaism, and Sharing Sacred Moments (a collection of his sermons), and served as an editor of Reform Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook. Rabbi Sussman currently teaches American Jewish History at Princeton University and Modern Jewish History at Temple University and Gratz College and is curating a major exhibit on "Jews, Judaism and American Culture, 1776-1860" at the Center for Jewish History (NY) opening in February 2014.
Fee: $90/75 for members, $65 for teachers
Registration deadline: November 1, 2013
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Illustrating Childhood: The History of Children’s Book Illustration in the United States
In conjunction with the special exhibition The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats* (July 19-October 20)
Participants will be invited to the special curatorial overview and the opening reception on July 23.
In conjunction with the special exhibition The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, the Museum is offering a class on the history of children’s book and magazine illustrations. Illustrating Childhood will review the history of illustration from the nineteenth century to the present introduce students to various illustrative styles, and enhance visual analysis skills. The class will survey a broad spectrum of stylistic and socio-cultural developments in children’s illustration. Participants will also have an opportunity to share memories of their favorite childhood book(s) and reflect on the personal and aesthetic reasons for their attachments with insights gained from the class.
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Instructor: Mary F. Zawadzki
Mary Zawadzki is currently completing her Ph.D. in nineteenth-century American art history. She worked in the education department of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and currently teaches art and illustration history at Parsons: The New School for Design. Her dissertation focuses on the art and aesthetic education program of the nineteenth century children’s illustrated magazine St. Nicholas. She has presented extensively on illustration in America, and has been published in the Mid-Atlantic Almanac, a scholarly journal about popular American culture.
* The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats is organized by The Jewish Museum, New York, from the collection of the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, The University of Southern Mississippi. The exhibition was funded at The Jewish Museum through a generous grant from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Joseph Alexander Foundation, the Alfred J. Grunebaum Memorial Fund, and the Winnick Family Foundation.
Jessie Willcox Smith, "Beauty and the Beast," from The Now-a-day Fairy Book by Anna Alice Cooper. NY:Dodd, Mead & Co., 1911.
St. Nicholas Magazine, cover. Vol. 11, no. 10. (August 1875).
Conscientious Objectors: Post-War Political Films
At the Museum
4-week class: $125/$100 BMFI & NMAJH Members
Call BMFI at 610-527-4008 ext. 106 or click here to register.
Racism, anti-Semitism, corruption, and political oppression
are not just problems that plagued our nation in the 1950s—they are
issues that Hollywood addressed in some of its best work of the era.
These political films, coming in the relatively comfortable period
following World War II, had the luxury of once again taking on domestic
social problems after the industry spent years focusing on the more
immediate threats abroad.
But filmmakers with controversial political
viewpoints needed to tread lightly in this time of HUAC, Joseph
McCarthy, and the emerging Soviet threat. As a result, much of the era's
cinematic activism was aimed at slightly off-center—yet clearly
This course examines Edward Dmytryk’s noirish Crossfire (1947), Richard Brooks’s gritty Blackboard Jungle (1955), as well as Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954) and A Face in the Crowd
(1957), to consider the factors surrounding the translation of
individual social consciousness into mainstream entertainment. Gaining a
better understanding of these ideas opens up new cultural and
historical avenues to the appreciation of cinema from any era.
Instructor: Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI.
Photo Credit: On the Waterfront (1954)