"Real" and "Imagined" Jews in Modern Culture and History
Richard I. Cohen is the Paulette and Claude Kelman Chair in French Jewry Studies and the head of the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at The Hebrew University in Israel. His books include The Burden of Conscience: French-Jewish Leadership during the Holocaust (1987), and Jewish Icons: Art and Society in Modern Europe (1998), which received the Arnold Wischnitzer Prize for best book in Jewish history. Professor Cohen is interested in the ways in which Jewish historical figures and problems are treated in the visual dimension. His work at the center will focus on “real” and “imagined” Jews in modern culture and history.