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Wed 03

*DIGITAL* How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

March 3
7:00 pm
Yiddish is imprinted in American English in terms like chutzpah, kosher, bagel, and schmooze. And the work of Jewish authors shows the deep impact of Jewish immigration on the United States. Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans surveys the journey. (Registration Required.) Read More »
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Wed 03

*DIGITAL* Religious Literacy is Social Justice

March 3
7:00 pm
UVM professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst describes religious literacy as a social justice issue. She explores who is allowed to be religiously illiterate, who has to be religiously literate, and how to learn more about religion. (Registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 03

*DIGITAL* Roman Women

March 3
7:00 pm
Some might expect that the lives of women in the Roman world revolved entirely around the family and domesticity. But Roman women owned property, ran businesses, and represented themselves in court. Middlebury classics professor Jane Chaplin discusses the place of women in the Roman world, the sources about them, and the values attached to them. (Registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 03

*DIGITAL* US Immigration Policy in Historical Perspective

March 3
7:00 pm
It may seem that the current anxieties about immigration in the US have never been more intense, but history suggests otherwise. Dartmouth professor Richard Wright examines the present-day contradictions of US immigration policy and places them in historical perspective. (Registration required.) Read More »
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