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Spinning A Rainbow Thread: Reflections on Writing Queer Jewish History

February 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Noam Sienna, PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota

What is the place of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer Jews in history? Over the past two years, Noam Sienna has worked to uncover documents that until now have been scattered across the globe, and largely unrecognized. Pulling together these varied sources, written in over fifteen languages – which include poetry, literature, law, midrash, and memoir – Sienna has created the very first anthology of queer Jewish history, released in February 2019. Drawing on this publication, Sienna spins a complex story about Jewish sexuality and gender across time and space.

Reception to follow. Co-sponsored by UH History, PAT, Hillel Hawaii, and the UH Fund for the Promotion of Jewish Life and Study.

The Department of History hosts an ongoing History Forum for talks and presentations by UH faculty and visiting scholars throughout the year. The Forum is also available for graduate students to present research and practice job talks. For more information on participating, please contact Dr. Peter Hoffenberg. All sessions are in the Department of History Seminar Room, Sakamaki Hall A201. Lectures are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


February 14
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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