Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 7:00 PM, Waterman Memorial Loung (Room 338)
Being Jewish in the New Germany: 25 Years Later
- By Beth Wilkins
Yom HaShoa Lecture
Jeffrey M. Peck, Dean of Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, Baruch College
Twenty-five years ago Germany was reunited. This lecture will consider the circumstances that had led to the remaking of the new Jewish community in post- reunification Germany, as it now seems a timely moment to reassess this historic transformation.
Jeffrey Peck is Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, and Vice Provost for Global Strategies at Baruch College/CUNY. He has held the Walter Benjamin Chair in German Jewish History and Culture at Humboldt University, Berlin, where he directed the Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies. At Georgetown University, he was a faculty member in the Center for German and European Studies (the School of Foreign Service) and in the Department of German. He was also a Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, D.C. From 1999-2002 he was the first Director of the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York University (Toronto) and the University of Montreal. Peck’s research has focused on questions of national and minority identities, particularly in diaspora (primarily Jewish) communities. His most recent book is Being Jewish in the New Germany, Rutgers University Press, 2006 (paperback 2007).