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Environmental History and the Jews

Environmental History and the Jews

New Lenses in Jewish History

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 7:30 pm

In this open-to-the-public keynote address of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association 25th Anniversary Conference,
Dr. Dean P. Bell explored how Jews experienced and understood environmental conditions and natural disasters in history. In doing so, he revealed Jewish social conditions and religious views, as well as the interaction of Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors. 

Dean BellDr. Dean P. Bell is Chief Academic Officer and Professor of History at Spertus Institute. He has taught at DePaul University, Northwestern University, Hebrew Theological College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of California-Berkeley, where he earned his PhD. He is a widely published author in the areas of Medieval and Early Modern Jewish history.

The Midwest Jewish Studies Association (MJSA) facilitates scholarship and offers other resources to those involved in Jewish Studies at the college and university levels. A broad and interdisciplinary organization, the MJSA brings together scholars of Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds in a synergistic effort to generate energy, talent, and ideas. Spertus is one of its founding institutions and proud to be the host site for this year's anniversary conference.