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Eric A. Goldman

Eric A. Goldman

Eric Goldman is founder and president of Ergo Media, a distributor of Jewish, Yiddish and Israeli films. He is adjunct associate professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. The newly revised and expanded edition of his book, Visions, Images and Dreams: Yiddish Film Past and Present was published this year and his forthcoming book on the American Jewish experience through cinema is due out in spring 2012. He is film reviewer for New Jersey's The Jewish Standard.



Whitfield

Stephen J. Whitfield

Stephen J. Whitfield holds the Max Richter Chair in American Civilization at Brandeis University.

Trained as an historian, he first encountered the field of American studies when he had to teach it, beginning in the fall of 1972 at Brandeis. His curricular and research interests are primarily in the intersection of politics and ideas in the 20th century.

Whitfield has twice been awarded Fulbright visiting professorships: first at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1983-84) and then at the Catholic University of Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium (fall semester 1993). He has also taught American studies twice at the Sorbonne (University of Paris IV), in the fall of 1994 and in the fall of 1998.

Whitfield is the author of "In Search of American Jewish Culture," "American Space, Jewish Time," and other books.



Yael Zerubavel

Yael Zerubavel

Yael Zerubavel is the founding Director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Rutgers University. She has published extensively in the area of collective memory and identity, national myths, war and trauma, Jewish immigrant experience, and symbolic landscapes. Her book Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition (University of Chicago Press, 1995) won the 1996 Salo Baron Prize of the American Academy for Jewish Research. She is currently completing a book manuscript Desert in the Promised Land: Nationalism, Politics, and Symbolic Landscapes (to be published by University of Chicago Press) and is working on another book, focusing on the representations of the Bible and the performance of Antiquity in contemporary Israeli culture. She has served on the boards of the Associations for Jewish Studies and Israel Studies and several key academic journals in Israel Studies.

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