American Jews and the Civil Rights Movement with Marc Dollinger

Event Date: Tuesday, December 1 - 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm

Online event. Register here to receive the Zoom link.

Join us as we explore a new understanding of American Jewish participation in the modern civil rights movement. Starting in the South, we’ll examine how and why southern Jews took differing approaches to racial justice work. Then, we’ll turn to the North, only to find some surprising similarities between the regions. What inspired Jewish participation in social justice causes? What possibilities and limits did it create? Prepare yourself for new ways of thinking…

Marc Dollinger holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. He is author of four scholarly books in American Jewish history, most recently Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing The Alliance in the 1960s. He has published entries in the Encyclopedia Judaica, the Encyclopedia of Antisemitism, and the Encyclopedia of African American Education. His next project traces his own experience fighting campus antisemitism at both right-wing and left-wing universities.

Presented by the Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Library.

Free and open to the public.

The Department of Jewish Studies welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you would like reasonable accommodations for this event, such as real-time captioning, please contact Rachel Gross at as soon as possible so your request may be reviewed. 

Prof. Rachel Gross