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Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies

John Efron, Koret Professor of Jewish History, University of California Berkeley

March 19, 2012
"The Sound of Jewish Modernity: Sephardic Hebrew and the Berlin Haskalah

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March 20, 2012
"Romancing Sephardic Jewry: Orientalism in a German-Jewish Key'

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John Efron is the Koret Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Berkeley.  He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1991. His academic focus is on the cultural and intellectual history of modern Jewry, with an emphasis on the Jews of German-speaking Europe. He is interested in the history of Jewish anthropology, the intersection of medicine and Jewish identity and the role that science has played in the modernization of the Jews.  Before his appointment at Berkeley, Efron was Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Indiana University.

Efron is the author of The Jews: A History (with Steve Weitzman, 2009); Medicine and the German Jews: A History (2001), Jewish History and Jewish Memory: Essays in Honor of Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi (1998), and Defenders of the Race: Jewish Doctors and Race Science in Fin-de-Siècle Europe (1994).

These lectures are free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please contact the Borns Jewish Studies Program at 812-855-0453 or email