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Hannah Arendt and Lucy Dawidowicz: Zionism & Israel in the Minds of Two Great Intellectuals
A conversation between three Natan Book honorees- James Loeffler moderating a conversation between Nancy Sinkoff and Susie Linfield

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), the German Jewish political philosopher, is an icon, revered by many intellectuals in her day--and now--as well as by the public. Her writings on antisemitism, Zionism, totalitarianism, and the Holocaust are regularly invoked. Less so the writings of another major postwar female Jewish intellectual, Lucy S. Dawidowicz (1915-1990), whose life and work covered much of the same intellectual territory as Arendt's. Yet the two held adversarial positions about the most pressing issues confronting Jews in the 20th century, issues that are still very relevant today. Join Natan Fund, Jewish Book Council, and three Natan Book honorees, Susie Linfield, Nancy Sinkoff, and James Loeffler, in a discussion of how these two formidable intellectuals wrestled with the meaning of the Holocaust, Jewish political vulnerability, Zionism, and Israel.

Jan 28, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Nancy Sinkoff
Author, From Left to Right: Lucy S. Daw­id­ow­icz, the New York Intel­lec­tu­als, and the Pol­i­tics of Jew­ish His­to­ry
Nancy Sinkoff is Professor of Jewish Studies and History and the Academic Director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University. She is author, most recently, of From Left to Right and the co-edited volume (with Rebecca Cypess), Sara Levy’s World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin (2018), winner of the outstanding book prize from the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society. Her first book, Out of the Shtetl: Making Jews Modern in the Polish Borderlands, has recently been reissued (Brown Judaic Studies, 2020). Professor Sinkoff is a recipient of numerous fellowships, including those from the Mellon Foundation, the IIE Fulbright Association, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. In 2016-2017, she was the Elizabeth J. Dilworth Fellow in Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ.
Susie Linfield
Author, The Lions' Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky
Susie Linfield is the author of The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence (University of Chicago Press, 2010), which was short-listed for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and of The Lions' Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky (Yale University Press), which was co-winner of the Natan Notable Books in 2019. Her essays on culture and politics have appeared in a wide array of publications, including the New York Times, the Nation, the New Republic, and the New York Review of Books Daily. Linfield is an associate professor at New York University, where she teaches cultural journalism.
James Loeffler
Author, Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century
James Loeffler is Jay Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History at the University of Virginia, where he also serves as the Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of the Jewish Studies Program. His books include Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century and The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire. He is co-editor of the Association for Jewish Studies Review and Kogod Senior Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in New York City.