Jenna Weissman Joselit is another important piece of our Lichter Lecture series. She practically invented Modern Jewish cultural studies and is an authoritative expert on issues of contemporary Jewish food culture within the matrix of general American culture, about which she has published several articles. The explosion of Jewish cookbooks, magazines, television and radio programs on food in recent years demonstrates the popularity of the subject of contemporary food culture. Joselit is a frequent contributor to Gastronomica. Her books include The Wonders of America: 4 Reinventing Jewish Culture, 1880-1950, which received the National Jewish Book Award in History, and A Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character, and the Promise of America. A founding member of NYU's Working Group on Jews, Media and Religion, she has also been a Senior Fellow at Princeton University's Center for the Study of American Religion, a fellow at Yale University's Center for Art and Material Culture and the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Judaic Studies. Most recently, Professor Weissman Joselit has been a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. She directs the Master of Arts in Jewish Cultural Arts program. In addition to her academic pursuits, she writes a monthly column on American Jewish culture for The Forward newspaper and is a frequent contributor to The New Republic, TNR Online, and Tablet: The Online Magazine of Jewish Culture. Event is free and open to the public.
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