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Louis and Helen Padnos Lecture Series: "The Frankfurt School on Israel"

Jack Jacobs, Louis & Helen Padnos Visiting Professor in Judaic Studies, City University of New York

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In the decades following Israel's establishment, variations appeared in the attitudes of key members of the Frankfurt School -- figures like Max Horkheimer, Leo Lowenthal, Erich Fromm and Herbert Marcuse -- towards the Jewish state. Jack Jacobs argues in this talk that there was an inverse relationship, among associates of the School, between knowledge of Judaism and positive attitudes towards the State: the deeper their knowledge, the stronger their critique of Israel.

Jack Jacobs is a professor of political science at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of On Socialists and “the Jewish Question” after Marx (1992), Bundist Counterculture in Interwar Poland (2009), and The Frankfurt School, Jewish Lives, and Antisemitism (2015), and is the editor of Jewish Politics in Eastern Europe: The Bund at 100 (2001), and, most recently, of Jews and the Political Left, which will be published by Cambridge University Press. Professor Jacobs was a Fulbright Scholar at Tel Aviv University in 1996-1997, and served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute in 2009.

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Map 202 S. Thayer - 2022 Thayer

September 2016

4:00pm - 5:30pm

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