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October 2021

“The Oldest Guard: Landowners, Local Memory, and the Making of the Zionist Settler Past”

October 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Liora R. Halperin, University of Washington. In this talk, Liora Halperin tells the story of Zionist memory in and around the private Jewish agricultural colonies (moshavot) that were established in late 19th-century Ottoman Palestine. Though they grew into the backbone of lucrative citrus and wine industries in British mandate Palestine and Israel, absorbed tens of thousands of Jewish immigrants, and became known as the “first wave” (First Aliyah) of Zionist settlement, these communities have been regarded—and disregarded—in the history of…

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November 2021

“Quarantine in the Prague Ghetto: Jews, Christians, and Epidemic Disease in an Early Modern City”

November 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIlduihrTkpHdZ9hFA4td19HNpLeZqW3ZlUJoshua Teplitsky, Stony Brook University (SUNY) In 1713, plague ravaged the city of Prague. It struck Christians and Jews alike, but contemporary observers singled out the Jewish quarter of the city as a hotspot of contagion, and authorities acted to segregate and separate the Jews of the city from Christians. Jews actively crafted responses both to plague and policy, marshaling health resources, funds, and a deep cultural reservoir shaped by past traditions and in confrontation with new circumstances. This lecture…

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