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Winter Shapiro Lecture 2022

February 07, 2022 @ 7:00 PM CT - February 07, 2022 @ 8:00 PM CT


Dr. Laura Arnold Leibman is Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and the author of The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects (Bard Graduate Center, 2020) which won three National Jewish Book Awards. Her earlier book Messianism, Secrecy and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life (2012) won a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award and a National Jewish Book Award. Her work focuses on religion and the daily lives of women and children in early America and uses everyday objects to help bring their stories back to life.

Voices of Rebellion: Christians and Jews in the Barbadian Battle for Rights

In 1819-1820, Isaac Lopez Brandon found himself at the unhappy center of a dispute over Jews and civil rights on the island of Barbados. Born enslaved, Brandon was the nephew of the island’s first female national hero, who fought for the religious and civil rights for all people with African ancestry. Yet even his famous aunt couldn’t save Brandon from being demoted to a second-class member of the local congregation for his attempt to gain Jews the right to vote. This lecture reveals the little-known dialogue between early Barbadian Jews and Christians over the relationship between salvation and freedom.



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