At Home in Exile

exileThe Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life will sponsor a book panel Nov. 12 to mark the launch of its director’s new book, At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews (Random House, 2014). Written by Boston College Professor of Political Science Alan Wolfe, At Home in Exile makes an impassioned and controversial case for Jews to take pride in their Diasporic tradition. While it is true that Jews have experienced discrimination and destruction in exile, Wolfe argues the Diaspora can be good for the Jews no matter where they live, Israel very much included—as well as for the non-Jews with whom they live, Israel once again included. Wolfe will be joined at the event  by Ben Birnbaum, editor of Boston College Magazine; Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College; and BC History Professor Kevin Kenny who all will review and critique At Home in Exile. The event will take place at the Yawkey Center, Murray Room beginning at 5:30 p.m.  An excerpt of At Home in Exile appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education | New York Times Review

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