Who Counts and How? Reckoning with Continuity and Community
Join the Herbert D. Katz Center for this panel featuring distinguished scholars. RSVP is required for each virtual session.
The 2020 Pew Study reported a range of key data about American Jewish life. The release coincided with passionate debate among scholars about the very concepts of “community” and “continuity” that have come to define Jewish belonging and influence institution-building—concepts that also shape aspects of the field of Jewish studies. How do the notions of “community” and “continuity” include and exclude certain people and activities? How have they been influenced by and deployed in academic study, whether in terms of sociology, history, philosophy, ethnic studies, or gender? In this program a panel of four distinguished scholars will reckon with the implications of these seemingly simple terms in theory and practice.
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The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is driven by the mission to deepen and broaden the understanding of Jewish history, texts, cultures, ideas, and experiences. The research it supports spans all periods of Jewish history, from distant antiquity through to the present day; it reaches into every part of the globe where Jews have lived, and it is grounded in a wide range of disciplines and approaches. Over the decades, after supporting hundreds of scholars and untold numbers of discoveries and publications, it has earned a reputation as the nation’s preeminent research center in the study of Jewish history and culture.