18 2020

Wandering Dixie: Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South

7:30PM - 8:30PM  


Sue Eisenfeld in conversation with Amy Milligan, Batten Endowed assistant professor of Jewish Studies & Women's Studies and director of the Institute for Jewish Studies & Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University.

In partnership with the Weinstein JCC of Richmond, the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia, Old Dominion University’s Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, and the Konikoff Center for Learning at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater


"...An introductory plunge into more profound racial consciousness..." - Kirkus Reviews


Sue Eisenfeld is a Yankee by birth, a Virginian by choice, an urbanite who came to love the rural South, a Civil War buff, and a Jewish woman. In Wandering Dixie, she travels to nine states, uncovering how the history of Jewish southerners converges with her personal story and the region’s complex, conflicted present. Sue Eisenfeld follows her curiosity about Jewish Confederates and casts an unflinching eye on early southern Jews’ participation in slavery. In the process, she discovers the unexpected ways that race, religion, and hidden histories intertwine.


This is Sue Eisenfeld’s second book.  She is a contributing author to The New York Times Disunion: A History of the Civil War. Her work has been listed five times among the "Notable Essays of the Year" in The Best American Essays and has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Forward, Civil War Times, Washingtonian, and many other publications.



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