LAWRENCE — The Midwest’s Jewish roots will be celebrated when scholars with international reputations gather at the University of Kansas next month for a symposium.
- David Katzman, KU professor emeritus of American history, who will speak about the “Jews in the Midwest” encyclopedia project. Katzman has specialized in the American working classes with books like “People and a Nation: A History of the United States” and “Plain Folk: The Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans.”
- Tobias Brinkmann, the Malvin and Lea Bank Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Pennsylvania State University. Brinkman focuses on Jewish migration to the U.S. and has written several studies on the subject, including “Points of Passage: Jewish Transmigrants from Eastern Europe in Scandinavia, Germany, and Britain 1880-1914.”
- Hasia Diner, the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University. Diner has written several books on early Jewish-Americans, most recently “From Arrival to Incorporation: Migrants to the U.S. in a Global Age” with Elliott Barkan and Alan Kraut.
- Ava Kahn, who has documented Jewish-Americans on the West Coast in a series of videos and documentaries and has published several books, most recently “Jews of the Pacific Coast: Reinventing Community on America’s Edge.”
- Lee Shai Weissbach, professor emeritus of history at the University of Louisville and the author of “Jewish Life in Small Town America.”