Weinstein-Minkoff Lecture

Apr. 6, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Festival Room, Memorial Union (800 Langdon)

Weinstein-Minkoff Lecture

Event Poster"Past Perfect: Memories of Language and the Politics of Arabic in the Community of Mandate Palestine"

Liora Halperin
University of Colorado-Boulder
Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Program in Jewish Studies

As the Jewish community of interwar Palestine became  more distant from the Palestinian Arab community and locked in even more intractable conflict, some of the earlier immigrants felt nostalgia for the late 19th century past. This was a time, as they imagined it, when Jews had more organic relationships with Arabs and Palestine. While these memories were not always based in fact, collective memories about Jewish knowledge of Arabic were an important way that these older Jewish communities made claims about their nativeness in the land, touted their ability to resolve conflict, and critiqued Zionist leaders. This talk will consider the politics of language in a highly contested national setting, and discuss the way the telling of the past serves political purposes in each of our evolving presents.

This lecture is made possible through the generosity of family and friends of the Weinstein and Minkoff families.

Sponsored by: George L. Mosse/Laurence A. Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of History.

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