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[VIRTUAL] Judaism and the Black Experience — 2021 Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholar

Date: March 18, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm

Bruce D. Haynes was born in Harlem, New York. After receiving his B.A. in Sociology from Manhattanville College, he conducted applied research, under the sociologist Jay Schulman, selecting juries for trials throughout New York State. Haynes went on to earn his doctorate in sociology from the City University of New York (1995) and was appointed Assistant Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Yale University (1995-2001). In 2001, he joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis, where he now serves as Professor of Sociology. In addition, Haynes is a Senior Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale University.

His most recent book, The Soul of Judaism: Jews of African Descent in America (New York University Press, 2018), won the 2019 Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize for Best Book in Africana Religions. The work offers the first exploration of the full diversity of Black Jews, including bi-racial Jews of both matrilineal and patrilineal descent; adoptees; black converts to Judaism; and Black Hebrews and Israelites, who trace their Jewish roots to Africa and challenge the dominant western paradigm of Jews as white and of European descent. Other publications include Red Lines, Black Spaces: The Politics of Race and Space in a Black Middle-Class Suburb (Yale University Press 2006), The Ghetto: Contemporary Issues and Controversies (Westview Press, 2011), and Down the Up Staircase: Three Generations of a Harlem Family (2017).

Co-sponsored with the Department of Ethnic Studies.

Thursday, March 18 | 7 pm | FREE