Golda Meir (1898-1978)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:45pm

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium)

Marking the 120th birthday of Golda Meir (1898-1978), this panel celebrates the many contributions of the great Zionist leader and Jewish stateswoman. Born in Kiev and raised in Milwakee, Golda Meir settled in the British Mandate of Palestine in 1917. One of the founders of the state of Israel, Meir was Israel’s ambassador to the USSR in 1948-49, subsequently served as Israel’s Minister of Labor and Foreign Minister, and in 1969 became Israel’s 4th Prime Minister.

Samuel D. Kassow, born to Holocaust survivors in a displaced camp in Germany, is Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College. In 2006-2012 he was a lead historian for two of the galleries of Polin, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. He has received the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson and Danforth Fellowships and has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research. Kassow’s many publications include Students Professors and the State in Tsarist Russia: 1884-1917 (1989), The Distinctive Life of East European Jewry (2003) and Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Secret Ghetto Archive (2007), which has been translated into eight languages and made into a documentary film.

Pnina Lahav, the Israeli-born scholar and author, is a Professor of Law and a member of the faculty of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University. Her fields of expertise are constitutional law, first amendment law and legal history. She is the recipient of many awards, prizes and distinguished fellowships, most recently, the Israel Studies Award for Lifetime Achievement (2017) and the Boston University School of Law Silver Shingle Award (2018.)  She is the author of numerous publications, including the acclaimed judicial biography Justice in Jerusalem: Chief Justice Simon Agranat and the Zionist Century. Of late Professor Lahav has focused her attention on the status and history of women and is presently completing the biography of Golda Meir, Israel’s fourth prime minister, through the gender lens.

Maxim D. Shrayer, born and raised in Moscow, is a bilingual author, scholar and translator. A Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College, Shrayer serves as Director of the Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry at Harvard’s Davis Center. Shrayer authored and edited over fifteen books in English and Russian, among them the internationally acclaimed memoirs Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story and Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration, the double biography Bunin and Nabokov: A History of Rivalry, the Holocaust study “I SAW IT,” and the travelogue With or without You. Shrayer won a 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and in 2012 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Shrayer’s Voices of Jewish-Russian Literature was published in October 2018.

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Samuel D. Kassow (Trinity College) and Pnina Lahav (Boston University) 
Moderator: Maxim D. Shrayer (Boston College; Davis Center)

Genesis Philanthropy GroupCosponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University. The Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group.

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