The Sassoons’ Philanthropy: The Interaction of Politics, Business, and Charity

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

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Intended for scholars, students, and others interested in new research in the study of Jewish philanthropy, this webinar series draws attention to the past and present of Jewish philanthropy and its intersection with the political and civic life of its time.


Joseph Sassoon

Georgetown University

Joseph Sassoon is an associate professor and al-Sabah Chair in Politics and Political Economy of the Arab World, both at Georgetown University. He is also a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. His current research focuses on globalization in the mid-nineteenth century and analyzes how merchant families built major trading networks around the globe. He has published extensively on Iraq, its economy, and the Middle East more broadly. His 2012 book, Saddam Hussein's Ba’th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime, won the prestigious British-Kuwait Prize for the best book on the Middle East.

Sasson received his DPhil in the Economic History of the Middle East from St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He has held visiting scholar or fellowship positions at Georgetown University, Oxford University, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

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The seminar is organized by Lila Corwin Berman and Steven Weitzman as part of the Jewish Philanthropy Research Initiative hosted by the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University, with sponsorship from the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.