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Conversation Starter: Black, Jewish and Red

Date(s) - Thursday, February 21st
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

dsc0801-version-2How did Communists and Socialists understand problems of racism in the U.S.? How did they understand anti-Semitism in Europe?

A significant number of Jews and Blacks found themselves in the parties of the far left. Their experiences in everything from labor organizing to communal living, writing and the arts to screenplays were effected by their experiences within Marxism.

In this presentation, Elliot Ratzman, Fellow in Jewish Studies at Lawrence University, examines how Jews and Blacks on the left helped create the culture and politics of the twentieth century. Ratzman explores how the far left became an important catalyst for intellectual, artistic, and political innovation, setting the stage for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.

Walk-ins Welcome
Museum Members $5 | Non-Members $8
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Elliot Ratzman is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Theology Department at St Norbert College and Fellow in Jewish Studies at Lawrence University. Ratzman teaches courses on race and religion, social justice movements, and religious ethics.  He studied with Cornel West at Harvard Divinity School and Princeton University, where he wrote his dissertation on 20th-century Jewish thought. His current research project – “A Jewish Reckoning with Race” – addresses the ethics and politics of antiracism in Israel, Europe, and the US.

Sponsored by the Black-Jewish Alliance of the Jewish Community Relations Council. Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, October 12, 2018 – March 10, 2019.

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