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Ghetto Chronicles Part III- Ghetto: Invention of Place and History of an Idea

Date(s) - Wednesday, April 29th
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

dsc0801-version-2On March 29, 1516, the city council of Venice issued a decree forcing Jews to live in il geto―a closed quarter named for the copper foundry that once occupied the area. The term stuck. 

Join Mitchell Duneier, department chair of Sociology at Princeton University and author of Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea, as he traces the idea of the ghetto from its beginnings in the sixteenth century, to its revival by the Nazis, to present-day America. Duneier illuminates the significance of this age-old concept and its entanglements with race, poverty, and place in America today. 

Museum Members $6 | Nonmembers $8
Book sale and signing will immediately follow the lecture.
Use the registration link above to pre-purchase your copy of Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea.
(Retail $16.00 | Museum Members $14.40)

Museum Members $14 | Nonmembers $20
Programs include:
Ghetto Chronicles Part I- Who Will Write Our History
Ghetto Chronicles Part II- Life and Death in the Łódź Ghetto
Ghetto Chronicles Part III- Ghetto: Invention of Place and History of an Idea

About Mitchell Duneier 
Mitchell Duneier is an American sociologist and ethnographer. He is currently Maurice P. During Professor and department chair of Sociology at Princeton University. Duneier earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1992. His first book, Slim’s Table: Race, Respectability, and Masculinity, won the 1994 American Sociological Association‘s award for Distinguished Scholarly Publication. He is also the author of Sidewalk (1999), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the C. Wright Mills Award. In 2016, he published Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea with Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Duneier taught at the University of California-Santa Barbara, the University of WisconsinMadison and the City University of New York (where he regularly teaches in a visiting capacity) before joining the Princeton faculty. He served on the original advisory board for Public Radio International‘s This American Life.

Offered in connection with The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Łódź Ghetto, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, January 24 – May 17, 2020.

Image: A Hungarian gendarme checks a woman entering the Munkács ghetto. Image courtesy Yad Vashem.

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