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Jewish Cultural Pluralism

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6:30 p.m.

Panelists include Michael Walzer, editor of Dissent and The Jewish Political Tradition and author of Pluralism and Democracy, On Toleration, and Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality; and Yirmiyahu Yovel, editor, New Jewish Time: Jewish Culture in the Era of Secularization, and author of The Other Within: The Marranos, Split Identity and Emerging Modernity and Spinoza and Other Heretics; moderated by Oz Frankel, author of What’s in a Name? The Black Panthers in Israel and States of Inquiry: Social Investigations and Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain and the United States.

Can there be cultural pluralism in a state where Jews are the majority? Is there more than one Jewish culture? This panel marks the launch of The New School’s Jewish Cultural Studies program by reflecting on the stakes involved in maintaining autonomous cultural traditions within political states and the ways in which Jewish thinkers have contemplated coexistence. Michael Walzer, Yirmiyahu Yovel, and other speakers discuss cultural pluralism in the divergent contexts of contemporary Israel, Enlightenment Europe, and the early-20th-century United States. The panel includes a discussion moderated by Oz Frankel and a question and answer session with the audience.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Humanities and the graduate program in International Affairs.


Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue

Free; seating is limited; reservations required by emailing


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