A lecture by Erica Lehrer, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the departments of History and Sociology-Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal.
Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 7:30 P.M.
Beth Jacob Congregation
1179 Victoria Curve
Saint Paul, MN 55118
Jewish heritage revival in Poland is a phenomenon that has attracted a great deal of attention and provoked many controversies. Described as the world's largest Jewish cemetery and the realm of "virtual Jewishness," Poland is a space where the non-Jewish interest in things Jewish has been looked upon with particular skepticism. American cultural anthropologist Erica Lehrer ventures into this territory, both fascinating and fraught with tension, giving a fresh glimpse into the backstage of the Jewish heritage industry.
Erica Lehrer is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the departments of History and Sociology-Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal. She is the author of Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places (Indiana University Press 2013), and co-editor of Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland (Indiana University Press, 2014), and Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places (Palgrave 2010). As a curator, she produced the 2013 exhibit Souvenir, Talisman, Toy: Poland's Jewish Figurines in Kraków's Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum, and published the accompanying catalog Lucky Jews (Ha!Art 2014).
This series is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Julia K. & Harold Segall.
Co-sponsored by Department of Anthropology, Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Beth Jacob Congregation