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Klutznick Lecture to Feature Historian

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November 29, 2005 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- “Beyond Tevye: Rethinking the Jews of Tsarist Russia” is the title of the Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Lecture in Jewish Civilization Monday, Dec. 5, at Northwestern University.

Steven J. Zipperstein, co-director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University, will deliver the lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Co-sponsored by the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Zipperstein, who also is the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford, writes on modern Jewish history and has published in professional and popular publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, New Republic, Partisan Review and Dissent. His forthcoming book is a biography of Chicago novelist and essayist Isaac Rosenfeld.

Zipperstein is the author of other books, including “The Jews of Odessa: A Cultural History,” “Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha'am and the Origins of Zionism,” “Imagining Russian Jewry: Memory, History, Identity,” and “Assimilation and Community: The Jews in Nineteenth-Century Europe.”

A recipient of the Koret Prize for outstanding contributions to Jewish Life, the National Jewish Book Award and other honors, Zipperstein currently is writing a cultural history of East European and Russian Jews from the 18th century to the present.

The Klutznicks established the Klutznick Lectureship in Jewish Studies in 1986. Since then the lectures have become an important way for the University and general community to share the findings of noted experts in the field of Jewish studies.

For further information, call (312) 357-4543.