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A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture

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University of Connecticut, Oak Hall, Room 236, Fairfield Way, Storrs, CT 06269

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Professor Shachar Pinsker, Associate Professor of Hebrew Literature and Culture at the University of Michigan, will present "A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture" for the UConn Center for Judaic Studies Faculty Colloquium series.

A kosher lunch will be served.

This event is made possible by the UConn Center for Judaic Studies, the Humanities Institute, and the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.

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Professor Pinsker’s talk will explore coffeehouses as a silk road of modern Jewish culture by examining a network of interconnected cafés that were central to the modern Jewish experience in a time of migration and urbanization, from Odessa, Warsaw, Vienna, and Berlin to New York City and Tel Aviv. Drawing on stories, novels, poems, newspaper articles, memoirs, archival documents, photographs, caricatures, and artwork, he will show how Jewish modernity was born in the café, nourished, and sent out into the world by way of print, politics, literature, art, and theater. What was experienced and created in the space of the coffeehouse touched thousands who read, saw, and imbibed a modern culture that redefined what it meant to be a Jew in the world.

If you require an accommodation to participate, please contact Pamela Weathers at 860-486-2271 or pamela.weathers@uconn.edu.

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