Our featured speaker will be Professor James Loeffler.
James Loeffler is Jay Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History at the University of Virginia. He writes widely on modern Jewish history from Zionism and the Holocaust to Jewish music, American Jewish identity, and Yiddish culture. His first book, The Most Musical Nation. Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire (2010), won eight major awards and honors. His second book, Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century was published in May 2018 by Yale University Press. He is currently completing The Law of Strangers, an edited volume of articles about Jewish lawyers and international law. His writings on contemporary Jewish affairs have also appeared in the New York Times, Tablet, Mosaic, The New Republic, and Slate.
A graduate of Harvard and Columbia Universities, he pursued postgraduate studies in Israel at the Pardes Institute and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He went on to serve as Sound Archivist at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. His scholarly work has been supported by fellowships from the Dorot Foundation, the Wexner Foundation, the Fulbright Fellowship, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Mellon Foundation. He has served as Dean’s Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, and Robert A. Savitt Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.