Cornell University

CAU summer program: The Jewish American Experience, led by Glenn Altschuler and Ross Brann

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Cornell campus

The Kathy Dwyer Marble '63, MAT '65, CAU Seminar

From 1880 to 1920, millions of Eastern European Jews, seeking opportunity and freedom from persecution, arrived in the New World. Like Irish Americans, Italian Americans, Asian Americans, Muslim Americans, and others, Jews struggled to acculturate, obtain acceptance, succeed—and retain their ethnic and religious identity.

In this course, two CAU favorites, Glenn Altschuler and Ross Brann, will examine the transformation of Jewish Americans from outsiders to insiders in society, politics, culture, and industry, and compare it with the experience of other immigrant groups. Topics will include Jewish movie moguls; Jews and organized labor; varieties of American Judaism; the relationship between blacks and Jews; Woody Allen's World; "The Jewish Lobby"; secularization and intermarriage; anti-Semitism on college campuses; and the evolving relationship between Jewish Americans and Israel.

This program is part of Cornell’s Adult University (CAU), which offers acclaimed education vacations designed and led by Cornell faculty. Programs include off-campus travel adventures and weeklong on-campus summer courses open to all, including Cornell alumni, families, and friends.

For more information and to register, visit, e-mail, or call 607.255.6260.

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