Today is December 15, 2018 -

Collecting Unfinished Stories: African-American and Jewish Collaboration and Conflict

Student Research Presentations based on Oral Histories
Thursday, December 13, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
UNO Community Engagement Center
Conference Rooms 201/205

This fall, a special course was held titled, “African-American and Jewish Collaboration and Conflict.” The course was co-sponsored by the History and Black Studies departments, and supported by the Schwalb Center for Israel & Jewish Studies. This course was taught by Jeannette Gabriel from the Schwalb Center. Students conducted oral histories within the local African-American and Jewish communities. The process began with students deeply engaging in oral history methodology. They considered how oral histories document unknown history and give voice to marginalized populations whose experiences have not been adequately included in official historical records. Student research projects will bring their extensive knowledge of African-American and Jewish history to oral history interviews with local Jewish and African-American community members.

At this special event, students will be presenting research papers that interweave the oral history narratives into broader historical arguments about the significance of African-American and Jewish collaboration and potential for the future. The themes the students will address include Institutional and extra-legal violence; restrictive covenants and redlining; school desegregation and tensions over neighborhood schooling; the rise of nationalism; the impetus for and complex legacy of the Northern urban riots; and gentrification.

The co-sponsors for this event are: the Schwalb Center for Israel & Jewish Studies, Black Studies, History, Criss Library Archives and the Service Learning Academy.