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The Jew and the City
College Park, March 1998

      

THE JEW AND THE CITY College Park, MD, 15 March 1998
The Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies at University of Maryland, in conjunction with the Dept. of History, is planning a conference on "The Jew and the City." The conference will be held on Sunday March 15, 1998, in College Park, MD, a suburb of Washington DC, and will coincide with the annual meeting of the Business History Conference, which will take place on the campus that week-end. Our intention is to organize the morning session of the conference specifically around the issue of Jews as Entrepreneurial City-Builders. Although there has been a good deal of literature about individual Jews who were real estate developers, there remains a tremendous amount of work to be done on the role of Jews, as Jews, in the planning and building of modern cities, in Europe and in America. We hope that this session will encourage new research into this topic. We will present the session to the organizers of the Business History Association Conference. In the afternoon we would like to hold one or two sessions which open up the theme of the Jew and the City to broader treatments. Issues to be covered might include the urban Jewish experience in literature and film; the impact of urbanization and suburbanization on the role of Jewish women; the impact of urbanization on Jewish cultural and religious life; the nature of the pre-modern ghetto and Jewish quarter; a comparison of the Jewish urbanization experience in different lands; the nature of religious and national concerns on urban planning in Israel; the formation and articulation of sub-communities within urban Jewish contexts; and so on. Topics may touch upon any period and any geographic area. Please send brief abstracts of proposed papers to: The Organizers, "Jews in the City", c/o Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, Woods Hall 0113, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 20742, or, by e-mail to bc40@umail.umd.edu. ************************************************************************** Bernard D. Cooperman, Director Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies 0113 Woods Hall University of Maryland, College Park MD 20742-7315 301-405-4975 301-314-8305 fax ************************************************************************** /pre>