1 April @ 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Professor Mirjam Zadoff shares the cultural history of ‘shidduchim’ (Jewish matchmaking), the ‘dating project’ focuses on strategies of building economic and political networks through carefully chosen marriage partners around the globe.
Over centuries Jews had no share in the European political realm. Instead they formed alternative networks between families and communities through marriage. After collective catastrophes – most prominently the expulsion from Spain – these strategic networks helped rebuild Jewish economic and social life, and created transnational ties. In this lecture Professor Zadoff asks ‘in what ways have these historical experiences influenced Jewish life throughout modernity and up until today?’
Mirjam Zadoff is Director of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism. Among her publications are: Werner Scholem. A German Life (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) and Next Year in Marienbad (University of Pennsylvania, 2012) awarded the Salo Wittmayer Baron Prize by the American Academy for Jewish Research.
The cafe will be closed during this event due to unforeseen maintenance issues.
Museum galleries and Jews, Money, Myth exhibition will be open from 5.30-6.30pm. Standard admission fee applies.
A talk centred on the contribution of Jewish refugees to the Armed Forces will bring to life some of their extraordinary stories of courage and defiance using images, memories and objects.
Professor Richard Wilkinson, co-founder of The Equality Trust, focuses on the psychological effects of large income differences between rich and poor.