Siegel Lecture to Focus on Modern Jewish Woman Historian

The 2015 Rabbi Seymour Siegel Memorial Lecture at St. Lawrence University will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, in the Sykes Common Room. The event is free and open to the public, and desserts will follow.

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Nancy Sinkoff, associate professor of history and Jewish studies and director of the Center for European Studies at Rutgers University. Her lecture, titled “Dubnow’s Other Daughter: Lucy S. Dawidowicz and the Beginnings of Khurbn forshung (Holocaust Research) in the United States,” is partially derived from her 2008 book, Yidishkayt and the Making of Lucy S. Dawidowicz: Introduction to Lucy S. Dawidowicz, From That Place and Time: A Memoir, 1938-1947 (Rutgers University Press). Dawidowicz was born in Bronx, New York, in 1915 and traveled to Poland in 1938 as a graduate student just prior to the Holocaust. After World War II, she returned to Europe and salvaged artifacts, which helped to preserve Jewish culture. Watch a brief video.

A graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College with master’s degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Columbia University, Sinkoff also received her Ph.D. from Columbia. Her research interests include Jewish history particularly in early modern Poland and Modern Europe. Sinkoff has been published in a number of academic journals dedicated to women’s and Jewish history, including Heritage, Lilith, Jewish Quartly Review and American Jewish History. She currently teaches courses on East European Jewry, Jewish Communal Life in Transition, 1780-Present, and Power and Powerlessness in Modern Jewish History.

Siegel was a noted Conservative Jewish author and scholar. His family donated his papers to St. Lawrence University’s Owen D. Young Library and created an endowment for an annual lecture on campus in his memory.

For more information, contact 315-229-5454.