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Upcoming Events

»Jacobi-Meyer-Boas. Biography of a scholarly German Jewish American family«  
with Werner Tress from the Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum, Berlin

Monday, October 20, 12-2pm in Mandel Humanities Center 303 (Level 3). 

1853, after two years in prison, the German-Jewish physician and 1848-revolutionary Abraham Jacobi emigrated to the USA. In New York, he became the founder of Pediatrics and Social Medicine. He was followed in the 1880s by his nephews Willi Meyer and Franz Boas. Meyer became Professor at the New York Medical College and a famous surgeon. Boas was the founder of modern American Ethnology and Professor at Columbia University. 1897-1902 he led the “Jesup North Pacific Expedition”. The lives and themes of these researchers will be discussed in reference to their German and Jewish identity and to the American History of Science.

Werner Tress is Historian, postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg and research associate at the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies in Potsdam (Germany). In 2011 he completed his PhD with a doctoral thesis about the Nazi Book Burning and the Cultural Policy in Germany after 1933. He is currently working on his postdoctoral project about the process of integration and exclusion of Jewish scientists in Germany since the early 19th century. His interests include the emigration of Jewish scientists to the USA after 1933, but also in the long 19th century.

Refreshments will be provided.

Co-sponsored with NEJS and Hillel


More upcoming events for the academic year 2014/2015 are in planning and will be found here.