(NEW YORK, NY, December 2) The Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) is launching AJS TV, which offers free online access to select sessions at the upcoming AJS Annual Conference, to be held virtually December 13 - 17, 2020.
For over 50 years, the AJS has been the world's premier home for Jewish Studies scholars and scholarship. For the first time, the AJS is excited to share with the public via Facebook Live the breadth and depth of Jewish Studies, from insights into Black-Jewish relations, to Holocaust research, to even a discussion of the rock band Phish. AJS TV gives the public FREE front-row access to world-class speakers from Lonnie Bunch, the head of the Smithsonian Institution, to H. Susannah Heschel, Jewish Studies scholar and daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, all from the comfort of home.
The public is invited to attend fifteen conference sessions, featuring lectures, conversations, and performances on wide-ranging topics:
- Social justice issues, including Black-Jewish relations, antisemitism, and #MeToo
- Jewish culture, including American Jewish education
- Jewish religious practice, including the cantorial “Golden Age”
- History, including the Holocaust in art, blood libel, the Blaustein Ben-Gurion “understanding”
- Pop culture, including the Jewishness of the band Phish
- Performances of queer and trans Yiddish drag and burlesque and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Notable speakers include historians Deborah Dash Moore, Pamela Nadell and Magda Teter; expert in Jewish social justice Marc Dollinger; Afro-Jewish philosopher and activist Lewis R. Gordon; head of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III; social scientists Arnold Dashefsky, Leonard Saxe, and Chaim Waxman; and Jewish Studies scholar H. Susannah Heschel.
All AJS TV sessions are in English. Registration is not required, although interested parties may also register to receive AJS email reminders for the events. Access to AJS TV is available by going to www.associationforjewishstudies.org/AJSTV.
The Association for Jewish Studies is the largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish Studies scholars worldwide, with more than 2,000 members in 33 countries. The mission of the AJS is to advance research and teaching in Jewish Studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, and to foster greater understanding of Jewish Studies scholarship among the wider public.
If you would like more information about AJS TV, the AJS Annual Conference, or the Association for Jewish Studies, please contact Amy Ronek at 212-294-8301, x6202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.