Deborah Dash Moore to deliver inaugural Eli N. Evans Distinguished Lecture on Monday, October 29
|Deborah Dash Moore|
Deborah Dash Moore, Frederick C. L. Huetwell Professor of History and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, will be delivering the inaugural Eli N. Evans Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies on Monday, October 29, at 7:30, in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center theatre on the UNC campus.
Professor Moore's lecture, "GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation," will be based upon her recent book of the same title. Whether they came from Sioux Falls, South Dakota or the Bronx, New York, over half a million Jews entered the United States' armed forces during the Second World War. Uprooted from their working- and middle-class neighborhoods, they joined every branch of the military and saw action on all fronts. Moore's lecture will explore issues of identity, prejudice, and democracy through the experiences of fifteen of these Jewish American servicemen.
Moore became interested in the Jewish military experience in part because her father served in the Navy during World War II. "I came to realize that this part of American Jewish life was largely undocumented," Moore said, "especially from the point of view of the individual."
While in Chapel Hill, Professor Moore will also meet with students and faculty from UNC and Duke to discuss her recent work on American Jewish photographers and the urban experience.
The inaugural Eli N. Evans Distinguished Lecture was made possible by a gift from an anonymous donor in honor of Eli Evans, chair of the Center's external advisory board. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of History, and the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense.
Moore's lecture is free and open to the public. For details, including directions to the Stone Center and information about parking, please visit http://www.unc.edu/ccjs/events.html