Book Discussion-Not Everyone is Prepared to Remake Themselves: What Name Changing Means in the 21st Century

Friday, Feb. 22
From 3:30 to 5 p.m.

506 E. Circle Dr
East Lansing MI 48824

In New York City in the 20th Century, Jews officially changed their names at a much higher rate than other groups. Antisemitism and Jewish desires for upward mobility combined to help propel this phenomenon. But by the 21st Century, name changing had become a very different phenomenon, one that affected poor people of color disproportionately and -- while racism was still a factor -- for very different reasons as well. Research will be presented by Dr. Kirsten Fermaglich, author of A Rosenberg by Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name-Changing in America (NYU Press).

Sponsored by the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel. Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters, James Madison College, the Center for Gender in Global Context, and the History Department.

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