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The American Jew as Voter: Brandeis Professor Stephen Whitfield offers a free lecture on Thursday, October 25, 2012 in Sarasota, FL. Open to the public.
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 5-7pm
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
The Klingenstein Jewish Center, Zell Room
580 McIntosh Road
Sarasota, Florida 34232
“The American Jew as Voter”: Why does the axiom that the more affluent the voter, the more likely to be a Republican, not apply to American Jewry? Why are they so unusual in not defining their interests in the same way as their neighbors?
About the Speaker:
Stephen Whitfield is the Max Richter Professor of American Civilization at Brandeis, where he has taught since receiving his PhD in 1972. He also holds a BA from Tulane University and an MA from Yale University.
Professor Whitfield is especially interested in the intersection of politics and ideas in twentieth-century America. He taught as a Fulbright visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He also taught as a visiting professor of American Studies at the Sorbonne twice (spring of 1994 and spring of 1998).
Professor Whitfield is the author of several books, including A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till; The Culture of the Cold War; and In Search of American Jewish Culture. He is also the editor of A Companion to 20th-Century America. In 2010, Professor Whitfield published a manuscript about Brandeis in the 1950s, entitled Brandeis University: In the Beginning. He is a recipient of the Louis D. Brandeis Award for Excellence in Teaching.