American Yiddish Press Lecture

American Yiddish Press Lecture

February 11, 2018
1:00- 2:30 PM

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Lines Drawn with Acid: Politically-Engaged Art and the Left-wing American Yiddish Press of the 1920s and 30s.

In the 1920s and 30s, the outsized presence of Jews in American radical left-wing politics was reflected in the sprawling Yiddish press. Yiddish-speaking visual artists, especially radical cartoonists like William Gropper, often utilized popular media to protest injustices and air their views on the character of issues at home – political, social economic, etc. This illustrated lecture by Lauren Strauss Ph.D. addresses some of the most vehement disagreements in this community, revealing still-relevant truths about the fragmentation of the American Jewish Community, the role of the press in addressing public discourse about social issues in America and beyond. Dr. Strauss is the Scholar-in-Residence and Dir. of Undergraduate Studies, Jewish Studies Program, at The American University in Washington, D.C.

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