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Albert & Liese Eckstein Scholar-in-Residence

The Albert and Liese Eckstein Scholar-in-Residence lecture program is made possible through an endowment established for Arizona State University Jewish Studies by the late Dr. Albert and Mrs. Liese Eckstein, with additional contributions from the Eckstein family and Friends of Jewish Studies. The program features annual lectures by experts - professors, authors and others - in the field of Jewish Studies.

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2019 Albert & Liese Eckstein Scholar-in-Residence
Stanley Mirvis, Harlold and Jean Grossman Chair in Jewish Studies at Arizona State University

community lecture
Jews in the Atlantic World: Being Jewish in the Early Modern Period
Monday, January 28, 2019 | 7 p.m. | reception following lecture
Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
Arizona Jewish Historical Society | 122 East Culver Street, Phoenix


“Jews in the Atlantic World: Being Jewish in the Early Modern Period” explores the ways life in the colonial Atlantic—Western Europe, West Africa, South and North America, and the Caribbean—was a transformative experience for early-modern Jews and Judaism. The story is told through the lives of three Sephardic men who each in their own way embodied the Atlantic Jewish experience: one as a trans-national and trans-religious border crosser who traveled between Spain, France, Brazil, and the Caribbean as well as between Christianity and Judaism, one as the planter patriarch of a racially blended creole family, and another as a trans-Atlantic adventurer who traveled between England, the Caribbean, West Africa, and North America during the 18th century.

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Stanley Mirvis is the Harold and Jean Grossman Chair of Jewish Studies and assistant professor of history at Arizona State University. He has published widely on the early-modern Atlantic Jewish experience and the “Western” Sephardic Diaspora. His forthcoming monograph is titled The Jews of Eighteenth-Century Jamaica: A Testamentary History of a Diaspora in Transition (Yale University Press: Spring 2020)