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Modifed trade card of a combination steam and sail boat, Kaplan Collection.
Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History, 1555-1890:
The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica
Symposium - February 18, 2014, 9:30AM-5:45PM
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
6th floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Please join us for a one day symposium, inspired by the Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica, being held at the Penn Libraries. This symposium is free and open to the public and while reservations are not required, they are always appreciated. Please RSVP HERE.
Schedule:
9:30 am - 10:00 am: Breakfast and Kaplan Collection exhibition browsing

10:00 am: Greetings and Introduction
Arthur Kiron, Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania

10:15 am - 12:15: Session One: Space and Time in the Atlantic Jewish World
Chair: David Ruderman, Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History and Ella Darivoff Director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

Speakers:
Aviva Ben-Ur, Associate Professor in the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “Atlantic Jewish History: A Conceptual Reorientation”

Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University, “Marking Time: Notes from the Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica on How Nineteenth-Century American Jews Lived Their Religion”

12:00 - 1:30 pm: Break for lunch and Kaplan exhibition browsing (on your own)

1:30 - 3:30 pm: Session Two: Making a Living - The Business of Being Jewish in America

Chair: Lila Corwin Berman, Associate Professor of History, Murray Friedman Professor and Director of the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, Temple University

Speakers:
Adam Mendelsohn, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, College of Charleston, “A Covenant of Commerce: The Business of Jews in America”

Dianne Ashton, Professor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Rowan University, “The Kaplan Collection of Victorian Trade Cards”

3:30 - 3:45 pm: Coffee break and Kaplan exhibition browsing

3:45 - 5:45 pm: Session Three (roundtable): Atlantic Jewish History and Future Research

Chair: Michael Zuckerman, Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Panelists:
Melissa R. Klapper, Professor of History, Rowan University
Josh Perelman, Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the National Museum of American Jewish History
Lance Sussman, Senior Rabbi, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel Congregation and Professor of American Jewish History

Audience Questions

Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
For further information (215.898.2520 or contact Nancy Gulsoy at gulsoy@pobox.upenn.edu)
free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)