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Rhodes Must Stand: a lightly Jewish perspective on why we must learn to live with the past, not destroy it
Talk by Zoe Strimpel, British historian and a flagship columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, followed by Q&A.

Since the Black Lives Matter movement gained new urgency following the police murder of George Floyd, much material - not just statues and monuments to the past but culture more broadly – has been flagged as racist and therefore undeserving of a continued place in the public sphere. Recently, Dickens has attracted the condemnation of anti-racists. But nobody has ever, or is likely to, pore over the anti-Semitic connotations or history of art or industry. Jews have learned to live with the prominence of Wagner; of authors from Trollope to Kingsley Amis, with statues to Martin Luther, and with the ubiquity in Christian architecture and iconography: the Judensau of Cathedrals all around Europe. But in living with the past, we do not lose out - on the contrary, we are greatly enriched.

Zoe Strimpel is a historian of gender and intimacy in modern Britain, and a flagship columnist for the Sunday Telegraph. She is also the author of What the Hell Is He Thinking? All the Questions You Ever Asked About Men Answered (2010), The Man Diet: One Woman’s Quest to End Bad Romance (2012) and Seeking Love in Modern Britain: Gender, Dating and the Rise of 'The Single' (Bloomsbury, 2020).

Zoe Strimpel will be introduced by Rachel Stern, Executive Director of The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art.

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Jul 15, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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