Wyman Institute News & Events – February 2017



Wyman Institute Arts & Letters Council Member Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (NYU) will speak, together with former Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman, on “Jews and the Making of Modern America” on Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 pm, at the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York City. Information: 212-873-3400.

MARCH 2017:

Wyman Institute Academic Council Member Prof. Zev Garber (Los Angeles Valley College) will deliver a presentation on “Elie Wiesel’s Night: Godwords” before the Western Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, March 18-20.  Information: 404-727-3049 

APRIL 2017:

Prof. Zev Garber will lecture on “Teaching the Shoah” at the Yom HaShoah commemoration at West Chester University, PA on April 24. Information: 610-436-2972.


MAY 2017:

Dr. Rafael Medoff will discuss his book, Cartoonists Against the Holocaust, when he delivers the annual Rubin Feldman Lecture at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center of St. Louis on Monday evening, May 8. Information: 314-442-3714


1.  Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. David Weinberg (Bowling Green State U. & Wayne State U., emer.) authored Recovering a Voice: West European Jewish Communities, which was published as part of the Littman History of Jewish Civilization.

2.  Together with Asaf Yedidya of Yad Vashem, Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Gershon Greenberg (American U.) co-authored Mishpatekhah tehom rabbah: Teguvot hagutiot ortodoksiot lashoah , with Asaf Yedidayh (Mossad harav kook, 2016). Prof. Greenberg spoke on “When Faith Broke through Silence, towards Heaven: The Re-awakening of faith in the She’erit hapeleitah in Germany,” at the Shem Olam conference,  “Avar Shelo Over,” in Jerusalem, on January 15. He was joined on the panel by former Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau and Prof. David Weiss-Halivni. 

3.  Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Stephen H. Norwood (U. of Oklahoma) authored “Convergent Anti-Zionisms: the American Far Left and Far Right,” in Robert S. Wistrich, ed., Anti-Judaism, Antisemitism, and Delegitimizing Israel (University of Nebraska Press, 2017).

4.  Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Zvi Gitelman (U. of Michigan) edited The New Jewish Diaspora: Russian-speaking Jews in the United States, Israel and Germany (Rutgers University Press, 2016).

5.  Together with Victoria Aarons, Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Alan L. Berger (Florida Atlantic U.) co-authored Third-Generation Holocaust Representation: Trauma, History, and Memory (Northwestern U. Press, 2017). 

6.  Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Laurel Leff (Northeastern U.) spoke on “America’s Response to the Holocaust: How We Tell the Story,” at the WSRC Holocaust Research Study Group, Brandeis University, on January 26; and on “Discretion as Discrimination: How the U.S. State Department Interpreted Immigration Laws to Bar Refugees from Nazi Europe,” at the Yad Vashem Biennial International Conference: The Jewish Refugee Problem During the Shoah (1933-1945) Reconsidered, December 18-20, 2016, in Jerusalem.

7.  Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (NYU) spoke on “Israel & International Law: UN Resolutions and their Human Rights Implications,” at a meeting of the Louis D. Brandeis Society at the UC-Berkeley School of Law on January 24.

8. The Wyman Institute’s Online Encyclopedia of America’s Response to the Holocaust continues to serve as an important resource for the public. View it at:  http://enc.wymaninstitute.org/

9. Copies of the Wyman Institute’s monograph, “Breaking the Rules: Violations of Academic Standards in the Debate Over FDR’s Response to the Holocaust,” by Dr. Rafael Medoff and Prof. Bat-Ami Zucker (Bar Ilan U.)are available by writing to: info@wymaninstitute.org