Lecture: Who “Sees Themselves” in Jewish Children’s Books?

Lecture: Who “Sees Themselves” in Jewish Children’s Books?

Amanda Mbuvi smiles with book

April 13, 2021 | 7 p.m. | Zoom

A Transracial Adoption Story and the Common Sense of Jewish Identity in the USA

By Amanda Mbuvi, Assistant Professor of Religion, High Point University

Tuesday, April 13, 7 p.m.
Online via Zoom
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About the lecture: In the children’s book Rebecca’s Journey Home, an American family’s international adoption experience illuminates Jewish identity’s relationship to issues of race, religion, and nationality. In this talk, Amanda Mbuvi will explore the Jewish tradition’s potential for reimagining belonging in ways that transcend the limitations of American racial logic, so that any body can be seen as a Jewish body.

About Mbuvi: Amanda Mbuvi is Assistant Professor of Religion at High Point University. She approaches biblical studies from an interdisciplinary perspective, engaging questions of identity and community that are prominent in both the biblical texts and in current conversations about how we live with those texts and with each other. Her work also examines the relationships between Jewish and Christian identity and racial identity as they play out in contemporary literature and film. Her first book, Belonging in Genesis: Biblical Israel and the Politics of Identity Formation, was published by Baylor University Press.

This talk is brought to you by UNCG’s by Jewish Studies Program and Religious Studies Department with generous support from the Herman and Zelda Bernard Distinguished Professorship in Jewish Studies, the Henry Samuel Levinson Program Endowment for Jewish Studies, the Barbara Colchamiro Endowment, and the Judith Rosenstock Hyman Jewish Studies Program Endowment.