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Award-winning Author and Historian Will Deliver Sonenshine Lecture Tonight

Beth Wenger, associate professor of history and director of the Jewish studies program at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the Helen and Daniel Sonenshine Lecture in Jewish Studies on "In Search of American Jewish Heritage" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in room 1012 of Old Dominion University's Batten Arts and Letters (BAL) Building.

A specialist in American Jewish history, Wenger also has interests in European Jewish culture, American religion and ethnicity, and cultural, social and gender history. She is the author of "New York Jews and the Great Depression: Uncertain Promise" (Yale University Press, 1996), which was awarded the Salo Baron Prize in Jewish History from the American Academy of Jewish Research, and "The Jewish Americans: Three Centuries of Jewish Voices in America" (Doubleday Press, 2007), which was named a National Jewish Book Award finalist. Her most recent work, "History Lessons: The Invention of American Jewish Heritage," will be published by Princeton University Press.

Wenger's lecture, sponsored by ODU's Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding (IJIU), is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in lot 30 on the 43rd Street side of the BAL Building. A public reception will follow the lecture.

For more information about the lecture or other IJIU programs and events, contact Kelly Duggins at kduggins@odu.edu or 683-3931 or visit http://al.odu.edu/ijiu/.

This article was posted on: March 4, 2010

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