Judaic Studies Program hosts Dr. Natalia Aleksiun

The College of Idaho’s distinctive Craig Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies is excited to host Dr. Natalia Aleksiun on campus Feb. 20-21, including a public lecture on “Jewish Hiding Networks and Survival Strategies in Eastern Galicia” at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Kathryn Albertson International Center, room 106. 

On Feb. 20, Aleksiun will give a seminar for teachers on “Approaching Jewish Survivor Testimonies” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in KAIC 107. The seminar is part of the ongoing course “Approaches to Teaching the Holocaust,” sponsored by the Neilsen Lectureship Series in Judaic Studies.

The following day, a student seminar on “Intimate Violence: When Neighbors Turn Against Neighbors” will be held from 9:40-11:10 a.m. in Strahorn 315, with the public lecture following later that night.

Aleksiun is an associate professor of Modern Jewish History at Touro College in New York. She received her doctorate from Warsaw University in 2001 and her dissertation won the Polish Prime Minister's Award for doctoral students. It later appeared in print as Where to? The Zionist Movement in Poland, 1944-1950 in 2002. In 2010, she received her second Ph.D. from New York University based on her dissertation Ammunition in the Struggle for National Rights: Jewish Historians in Poland between the Two World Wars. Aleksiun also is working on a book about the so-called cadaver affair at European Universities in the 1920s and 1930s and on a project dealing with the lives of Jews in hiding in Galicia during the Holocaust.

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies brings dignitaries, scholars and public figures to campus to speak about Jewish religion, interfaith dialogue, culture, history, arts and current events. It is part of the College’s Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies, which was created to promote greater understanding of Jewish traditions, culture and philosophy in Idaho and the West.

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