Jewish history scholar to discuss South’s ‘color line’


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eric Goldstein, American Jewish History journal editor and Emory University associate professor of history and Jewish studies, will speak March 18 at the University of Louisville about challenges that southern Jews have faced.

    His free, public talk titled “Negotiating the Color Line: Southern Jews, Whiteness and the Rise of Jim Crow” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium.

    Goldstein’s talk, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, is the 2008 Naamani Memorial Lecture. Named for former UofL political science professor Israel Naamani, the series brings to campus prominent scholars involved in Middle East, Jewish and Islamic studies.

    The speaker is author of the book “The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race and American Identity.”

    Goldstein is expected to discuss how Jewish people fared during the late 19th century and early 20th century as racial segregation laws were applied in the southern United States.

    For more information, call Lee Shai Weissbach at 502-852-3755.

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.