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Funny—You Don’t Look Jewish!


This session will explore the intersections of race, religion, and Jewish identity in the context of mixed-race families in contemporary U.S society. Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt will talk about the research they did for their book, JewAsian, and make connections between this work and current demographic trends.

In an effort to deepen public understanding of race, this free online lecture series beginning January 2021 uses the prism of Jewish experience to examine intersections of race and religion, drawing lessons from the history of antisemitism, examining the role of Jews in the racialized culture of the United States, and exploring the role of race in Jewish identity. Leading scholars in Jewish Studies, Critical Race Studies, and Religious Studies will share insights and research that deepens the conversation about race, racism and anti-racism in contemporary society, both American and Jewish.

Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt

Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt are co-authors of JewAsian: Race, Religion and Identity for America’s Newest Jews. Helen is Professor of Sociology at Whitman College and currently serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Noah is a Research Associate of Sociology at Whitman College and currently serves as the Director of Student Engagement.

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