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GWU's Joselit on Ten Commandments Controversy in US

Posted by on Thursday, August 8, 2013 in Past Events.

Jenna Weissman Joselit
Joselit, Director of Judaic Studies, GWU

Historian Jenna Weissman Joselit, Director of the Program in Judaic Studies at the George Washington University, comes to Vanderbilt on October 3rd.

“The Great Ten Commandments Controversy of 1850”
October 3, 4:00 P.M.
100 Alumni Hall

Her lecture is free and open to the public.


Jenna Weissman Joselit is Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History. She is a historian of everyday life, specializing in the history and culture of America’s Jews and in U.S. cultural history from the late 19th century on through the 1950s. Her work, both within and without the classroom, pays especially close attention to the relationship between material culture and identity. Her many books include The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture, 1880-1950, which received the National Jewish Book Award in History, and A Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character, and the Promise of America. Professor Weissman Joselit is currently at work on a book about America’s embrace of the Ten Commandments. A founding member of NYU’s Working Group on Jews, Media and Religion, she has also been a Senior Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of American Religion, a fellow at Yale University’s Center for Art and Material Culture and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Judaic Studies. Most recently, Professor Weissman Joselit has been a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. She is the director of the Master of Arts in Jewish Cultural Arts program.  In addition to her academic pursuits, she writes a monthly column for The Forward newspaper on American Jewish culture and is a frequent contributor to The New Republic, TNR Online, Gastronomica, and Tablet: The Online Magazine of Jewish Culture. Jenna’s blog can be found at

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100 Alumni Hall
Jenna Weissman Joselit
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