C of I Judaic Studies hosts free film screening

The College of Idaho’s Arabic-Hebrew Club, Film Society and History Club are working together with the Craig Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies to present a screening of From Swastika to Jim Crow at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, April 18, in the McCain Student Center Theatre.

Presented by C of I History Professor Mee-Ae Kim and visiting Professor Karen Brown of the College of Western Idaho, the documentary film follows the path of a group of German-Jewish professors who began new careers in the American south at African-American colleges after their expulsion from Nazi-controlled Germany.

Following the screening, Kim will analyze the historical context of the film within the American Civil Rights Movement, while Brown will discuss the significant relationship between Professor Victor Lowenfield, one of the professors who fled Germany for the United States, and one of his art students, John Biggers, whose work came to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance.

The screening is free and open to the public.

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