Michael Hoberman, Associate Professor of English and Folklore at Fitchburg State University, will speak about his book, “New Israel/New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America.” Following the lecture will be a film screening of "The Lady in Number 6."
Professor Hoberman's book tells the story of the Sephardic merchants who traded and sojourned in Boston and Newport between the mid-seventeenth century and the American Revolution. The book also explores the complex and often contradictory meanings that the Puritans attached to Judaism and the fraught attitudes that they bore toward the Jews as a people.
The Lady in Number 6 (2013) was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Documentary. This inspirational film depicts 109-year old Alice Herz Sommer, the world's oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor, sharing her story on how to achieve a long and happy life.
This is a merit point program. Visit the series website at http://www.film-festival.org/RovingEye_JewishExperience.php for more information. Click here for free ticketing.
This series has been made possible through a partnership with FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival and is sponsored by the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation, and the Roger Williams University Department of Communication, Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Robert Eisinger, Associate Dean Roberta Adams, the Film Production Club, Hillel and Spiritual Life Program.