This year’s Weinstein-Minkoff Lecture in Israel Studies at the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies will be delivered by Dr. Bryan Roby, Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Dr. Roby's talk is titled, "Israel through a Colored Lens: African-American Perspectives on Mizrahi Israelis."
This lecture explores African-American interactions with Middle Eastern Jewish (Mizrahi) Israelis in the 1950s and 1960s, highlighting how African-Americans navigated race and their observations on racial dynamics in Israel. Roby focuses on the travels of scholar and social worker Ida Jiggetts, who wrote extensively on the social positioning of North African and Yemenite Jewish immigrants to Israel. He concludes with reflections on how Israeli Jewish racial constructs influence current-day societal issues.
Sponsor: The Mosse-Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison; UW-Madison Department of Communication Arts