Body and Soul: An American Bridge, the Black-Jewish History of an American Song

Body and Soul: An American Bridge, the Black-Jewish History of an American Song

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The Charleston Jewish Filmfest, the Arts Management Program at the College of Charleston, and the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture present

A FREE film screening and discussion of the acclaimed jazz documentary Body and Soul: An American Bridge, the Black-Jewish History of an American Song

BODY AND SOUL will be available for screening between Monday, October 12 and Thursday, October 15, 2020.

DISCUSSION of the film and the history of jazz in Charleston with Dr. Karen Chandler and Charlton Singleton takes place on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

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15 October 2020
“Touched with Fire: Morris B. Abram and the Battle against Racial and Religious Discrimination” – A Sunday ‘Bring-your-own’ Bagels Brunch with author David E. Lowe

“Touched with Fire: Morris B. Abram and the Battle against Racial and Religious Discrimination” – A Sunday ‘Bring-your-own’ Bagels Brunch with author David E. Lowe

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Morris B. Abram (1918–2000) emerged from humble origins in a rural South Georgia town to become one of the leading civil rights lawyers in the United States during the 1950s. While unmasking the Ku Klux Klan and serving as a key intermediary for the release of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. from prison on the eve of the 1960 presidential election, Abram carried out a successful fourteen-year battle to end the discriminatory voting system in his home state which had entrenched racial segregation. The result was the historic “one person, one vote” ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963.

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13 September 2020
Pursuing Justice: Fighting Hate with the Law

Pursuing Justice: Fighting Hate with the Law

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We regret to announce that “Pursuing Justice” has been canceled, along with all other College events in the next few weeks, due to precautions related to the coronavirus. We hope to reschedule at a later date.

The “Unite the Right” rally and hateful attacks that struck Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, served as a wakeup call for many Americans about dangers posed by the rise of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and affiliated hate groups. Former Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer and Amy Spitalnick, Director of Integrity First America, will discuss the aftermath of that attack and suggest strategies for combating violence based on racism, sexism, and antisemitism.

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02 April 2020
Southern Circuits: Intersections of Race, Religion, and Ethnicity on the Nineteenth-Century Stage

Southern Circuits: Intersections of Race, Religion, and Ethnicity on the Nineteenth-Century Stage

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Photo: Owens’ Academy of Music, Charleston, SC.
From “Memories of the Professional and Social Life of John E. Owens,” by his wife.

Professor Nathans’ Sunday brunch talk has been CANCELED due to current travel restrictions related to the coronavirus. The program may be rescheduled at a later date.

Charleston was a hub of theatrical activity from the colonial period until the early 20th century, as well as a significant site for Jewish and African American cultural encounters. Heather S. Nathans, chair of Tufts University’s Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, will explore the ways Jews were depicted on southern stages.

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22 March 2020
Capable of Arguing: Southern Jewish Women and Suffrage

Capable of Arguing: Southern Jewish Women and Suffrage

Arnold Hall, 96 Wentworth Street
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Southern Jewish women often played leading roles in local and state efforts to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, whose centennial we celebrate in 2020. They were both Southern Ladies and New Women, fitting in to their societies as they challenged the southern conservative consensus. Women's vote impacted their lives not only in civil society but also in the synagogue. 

Our presenter, Leonard Rogoff, holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina, where he directed the English Writing Laboratory.

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17 November 2019
My Food Is My Flag: A Conversation about Jewish, African American, and Southern Foodways

My Food Is My Flag: A Conversation about Jewish, African American, and Southern Foodways

Simons Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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While food may seem simple, what people eat is shaped […]

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09 April 2019
American Jewish Women’s History: From Colonial Times to Today

American Jewish Women’s History: From Colonial Times to Today

Arnold Hall, 96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29424 United States
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In this groundbreaking history, Pamela Nadell asks what does it […]

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31 March 2019
“The Quiet Voices”: Jews and the Civil Rights Movement

“The Quiet Voices”: Jews and the Civil Rights Movement

Arnold Hall, 96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29424 United States
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Part 3 of a mini-course offering an overview of the history of Jews in the southern United States from colonial times until the present. We will explore some of the key events of southern Jewish history, seeking to understand how Jews have confounded, complicated, and conformed to the region’s “peculiar” norms and categories. Presented by Dr. Shari Rabin, director of the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture. Free and open to the public.

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11 March 2019
“A Class of Citizens”: Jews and the Civil War

“A Class of Citizens”: Jews and the Civil War

Arnold Hall, 96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29424 United States
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Part 2 of a mini-course offering an overview of the history of Jews in the southern United States from colonial times until the present.

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04 March 2019
“Jews Heathens and Infidels”: Southern Jewish Beginnings

“Jews Heathens and Infidels”: Southern Jewish Beginnings

Arnold Hall, 96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29424 United States
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Part 1 of a mini-course offering an overview of the history of Jews in the southern United States from colonial times until the present.

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25 February 2019
Memory, Monuments, and Memorials: JHSSC Spring Meeting

Memory, Monuments, and Memorials: JHSSC Spring Meeting

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Monuments, memorials, and historical memory have been much in the news over the last year.

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28 April 2018
After Appomattox: Reconstruction and America’s Jews

After Appomattox: Reconstruction and America’s Jews

Addlestone Library – Room 227, 205 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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The end of the Civil War initiated a period of dramatic hope, disappointment, and transformation in the American South and the nation as a whole.

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14 March 2018
“The Devil Was a Nullifier”: Religious and Political Crisis during the Nullification Revival, 1828-1835

“The Devil Was a Nullifier”: Religious and Political Crisis during the Nullification Revival, 1828-1835

Arnold Hall, 96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29424 United States
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Charleston Research Fellow Brian Neumann, currently a PhD candidate in history at the University of Virginia, will present on his research about the Nullification Crisis, in which South Carolina tried to void federal tariffs.

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12 March 2018
A Yankee’s Journey Through the Jewish South – A Travel Writer’s On-the-Ground Exploration of History

A Yankee’s Journey Through the Jewish South – A Travel Writer’s On-the-Ground Exploration of History

Arnold Hall, 96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29424 United States
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Charleston Research Fellow and journalist Sue Eisenfeld will talk about the process of writing and researching her next book, Postcards From Dixie: A Yankee’s Journey.

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21 January 2018
Frontier Jews and Black Catholics: New Books in American Religion

Frontier Jews and Black Catholics: New Books in American Religion

Arnold Hall, 96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29424 United States
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Over the last few decades, scholars have worked to expand the study of American religion beyond white Protestants, in the process engaging with questions of race, ethnicity, and migration.

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18 January 2018
Southern Jewish Historical Society 2017 Conference

Southern Jewish Historical Society 2017 Conference

The 2017 conference of the Southern Jewish Historical Society will […]

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03 November 2017
Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina Fall Meeting

Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina Fall Meeting

The fall meeting of the Jewish Historical Society of South […]

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04 October 2017
Louis Brandeis: American Prophet

Louis Brandeis: American Prophet

Stern Center – Ballroom, 71 George St
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center and law […]

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05 September 2017