Event | Lectures and Symposia Joining the Club: A History of Jews and Yale

Date and Location

  • When: Monday, May 6, 2019

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

  • Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - Whittall Pavilion (LJG45E)

    10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

Part of Jewish American Heritage Month

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In observance of Jewish American Heritage Month, and in cooperation with the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, Dr. Dan A. Oren . will present on his book titled "Joining the Club: A History of Jews and Yale."

Between the 1920's and early 1960's Yale had an unwritten 10% quota on Jewish students. Beginning in 1809 there were Jewish students at Yale however they were few in number and easily incorporated into a generally tolerant community. But by the 1920's 10% of undergrads were Jewish and the Jewish applicant pool was expanding. Yale did not want to be seen as a Jewish college and thus loose the patronage of the upper class to Harvard.

Dr. Oren tells the story of Jews at Yale very comprehensively and expands his writing to include philosophical issues related to racial and ethnic groups who continue to feel excluded by universities who see a "balanced" class as their goal.

Contact: 202.707.3780.