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Founded in 1982, LAJSA promotes scholarship concerning the Jewish experience in Latin America through research, publication, and teaching at universities, colleges, and other research centers. At the conference, the presentations will highlight the topics of immigration, discrimination, and related issues. The keynote lecture by Professor José C. Moya (Barnard College) is titled, "The Arizona Immigration Debate: Xenophobia in a Historical and Global Perspective."
Other scholars from the U.S., Israel, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Europe will discuss subjects such as immigration and rescue during the Shoah, Latin American Jewish identity in a transnational world, and the place of Israel in Latin America's literary imagination. The conference will also feature literary readings and art presentations. Prominent academics presenting at the conference include LAJSA's co-presidents, professors Raanan Rein (Tel Aviv University) and Edna Aizenberg (Marymount Manhattan College) as well as conference co-organizers, Professors David William Foster (Arizona) and Margalit Bejarano (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Professor Foster is also the conference host.
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