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Photo information: Gertrude Weil (far left) and fellow suffragists, Circa 1920. Courtesy State Archives of North Carolina.

Leonard Rogoff

Our presenter, Leonard Rogoff, holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina, where he directed the English Writing Laboratory. He was an associate professor at North Carolina Central University and taught a Southern Jewish History course at Duke. Former president of the Southern Jewish Historical Society and recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, he has contributed to numerous journals and anthologies.

He now serves as historian and president of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina. He conceived and served as research historian of the multimedia project: Down Home Jewish Life in North Carolina. His books include Homelands: Southern Jewish Identity in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina. His latest book, Gertrude Weil: A Jewish Progressive in the New South, won the 2017 North Carolina Historical and Literary Association’s annual award for nonfiction.