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Friday, February 12 • 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Tinker, Tourist, Soldier, Spy

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What happened when the Soviet Jewry movement sent thousands of American tourists into the USSR to contact refuseniks in the 1970s and 80s? The movement became an unintentional leader in the burgeoning field of Eastern European Jewish tourism, playing quasi-travel agent and writing some of the first guidebooks for Jewish heritage tours of Russia. It also spawned a new genre of Jewish travel writing, in which ordinary citizens wrote themselves as characters into stories of Cold War espionage.

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Shaul Kelner

Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University
Shaul Kelner is Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, and past director of Vanderbilt’s Jewish Studies Program. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, he is the author of the award-winning Tours That Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage and Israeli... Read More →

Friday February 12, 2016 8:45pm - 10:00pm EST
  Global Jewry, History