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Margolis Lecture: Deep South Home: The Jewish Community of Selma, Alabama

March 1, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


March 1, 2021, 7:00 pm, Zoom event

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Sylvia and Irving Margolis Lecture on the Jewish Experience in the American South 2021

Deep South Home: The Jewish Community of Selma, Alabama

With only four active members living in their city, it would be easy to overlook the only synagogue in Selma, Alabama. Nestled just steps away from the historic bridge in downtown Selma, the synagogue is more than a building – it is a legacy. Over the last five years, ethnographer Dr. Amy Milligan has worked alongside of the remaining members of the congregation, capturing their stories, learning their history, and building towards a future for the congregation and their important historic building. Through weaving together the stories of these four individuals, their families, and their community, a rich tapestry emerges that speaks to the experience of being Jewish in a small community in the Deep South.

Amy K. Milligan is the Batten Endowed Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies and the director of the Institute of Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University. She is an ethnographer who is particularly interested in the folkloric manifestations of selfhood and identity on the body and uses these questions of bodylore to explore lived experiences of gender, sexuality, and religion. She also specializes the study of small or marginalized Jewish communities.


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March 1, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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