Beth Am Welcomes Dr. Steven Zipperstein, Speaking on Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History | Congregation Beth Am

Beth Am Welcomes Dr. Steven Zipperstein, Speaking on Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History

Sponsored by the Ernst Guthaner Fund for Cultural and Educational Programming

Steven J. Zipperstein is the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford and the author or editor of nine books. He has taught at universities in France, Israel, Poland and Russia and lectured on modern Jewish history for six years at Oxford University.

Dr. Zipperstein will discuss his recent book, Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History (Liveright/WW Norton), which was named one of the best books of the year by The Economist, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Mosaic Magazine. Kishinev's 1903 pogrom was the first instance in which an event in Russian Jewish life received international attention. This riot in an obscure border town dominated headlines in the western press for weeks, intruded on Russian-U.S. relations and inspired endeavors as varied as the Hagannah, the precursor to the Israeli army, the NAACP and the first version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

  • "Impressive....[A] masterly work."  --Anthony Julius, New York Times
  • "The best single volume treatment of a seminal but under-discussed event in modern history that I've read." --Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

To attend the reception, RSVP by Friday, February 22.

For sixteen years, Steven J. Zipperstein was Director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford. He is the author and editor of eight books including The Jews of Odessa: A Cultural History (1986, winner of the Smilen Prize for the Outstanding book in Jewish history); Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha’am and the Origins of Zionism (1993, winner of the National Jewish Book Award); Imagining Russian Jewry (1999); and Rosenfeld’s Lives: Fame, Oblivion, and the Furies of Writing (2008, shortlisted for the National Jewish Book Award in Biography, Autobiography and Memoir). His work has been translated into Russian, Hebrew and French. Zipperstei'sn latest book, Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History, was published by Liveright/WW Norton in late March 2018.

He has been awarded the Leviant Prize of the Modern Language Association, the Judah Magnes Gold Medal of the American Friends of the Hebrew University, and the Koret Prize for Outstanding Contributions to the American Jewish community. He has held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Yitzhak Rabin Institute in Tel Aviv, and has twice been a Visiting Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Sciences Sociales. In spring 2014, he was the first Jacob Kronhill Scholar at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, in New York.

Zipperstein’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Jewish Review of Books, Chronicle of Higher Education and elsewhere. He was editor of the journal Jewish Social Studies for twenty years, and the book series Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture for a quarter of a century. Together with Anita Shapira, he is series editor of the Yale University Press/Leon Black Foundation Jewish Lives series. Zipperstein is the immediate past Chair of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History in New York and is currently Chair of the Stanford History Department's Graduate Studies Committee.

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