Shoshana Shier Lecture Series: Kenneth D. Wald, "The Choosing People: Understanding the Political Behavior of American Jewry"

Lecture 2: "The Rise of American Jewish Politics in the 19th Century"

For almost eighty years, American Jews have been voting in a way that defies the logic of American politics. Despite being one of the most affluent and well-educated groups in the United States, they have been and remain strongly attached to the more left-wing of America’s political parties. The lectures examine the anomaly of Jewish support for the Democratic Party. The first traces the roots of this behavior to the American founding and notes how American Jews have developed a political profile unlike any other Jewish community that has been studied.   In the second lecture, Wald explores the engagement of American Jews in American political life during the period before the mass immigration of Eastern Europe Jews in the late nineteenth century. The final lecture explores the continuity of American Jewish politics through the 1960s and how it has responded to a changing political climate since then. 

Kenneth D. Wald is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Samuel R. "Bud" Shorstein Professor of American Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Florida. The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies also welcomes him as the Shoshana Shier Distinguished Visiting Professor for the fall semester of 2015. For more information, please click here.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Please be advised that seating is limited.

Date & Time
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street