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.