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Berel Lang: “Against the Lachrymose View of Jewish History—Again”

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Storrs Campus
Babbidge Library, Class of '47 Room

Please join us for the Gene and Georgia Mittelman Lecture in Judaic Studies, presented by Professor Berel Lang on "Against the Lachrymose View of Jewish History—Again."

This event is free and open to the public. A kosher lunch will be served.

About the Talk: The historian Salo Baron attacked the "lachrymose view of Jewish history" as mistakenly focused on events or practices of persecution and violence in that history--at the same time providing strong evidence that still more basic factors shaped the history of Jewish flourishing and survival. But the same lachrymose view still dominates current popular Jewish understanding, and this has (on the talk's claim) severe, even dangerous practical consequences.

About the Speaker: Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, SUNY at Albany (BA, Yale; Ph.D, Columbia). Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University, University of Connecticut, Wesleyan. Author of twelve books, including 'Writing and the Moral Self', 'Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide', 'The Anatomy of Philosophical Style', 'Writing and the Holocaust', and 'Primo Levi: The Matter of a Life'.


If you require an accommodation to participate, please contact Pamela Weathers at or 860-486-2271.

Judaic Studies (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Literatures, Cultures and Languages, Philosophy Department, UConn Master Calendar

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