The Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center and Baruch College Present “Dissent and Dissension: Approaching Ultra-Orthodoxy”

NEW YORK, NY- April 6, 2016-The Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center (JSC), part of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College presents its sixth annual conference –  “Dissent and Dissension: Approaching Ultra-Orthodoxy” – on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from  9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. This all-day event is free and open to the public.Panelist to Explore Ultra-Orthodoxy

  • Panel I –  9:30 a.m: “Unpacking Ultra-Orthodoxy: Historical and Sociological Perspectives on Haredi Jewry” features scholars Chaya Rachel Nove (City University of New York), Nancy Sinkoff (Rutgers University), Samuel Heilman (City University of New York) and Zalman Newfield (New York University).
  • Panel II – 12:30 p.m. “The Body and Selfhood: Gender, Identity and Ultra-Orthodoxy” features Ayala Fader (Fordham University), Fraidy Reiss (Founder/Executive Director, Unchained at Last), Lynn Davidman (The University of Kansas) and Mordechai Levovitz (Executive Director, JQY) and Lani Santo (Footsteps).
  • Panel III – 3:00 p.m.: “Public vs Private: Education, Governance and Ultra-Orthodox Communities” features Naftuli Moster (YAFFED), Matthew Williams (Stanford University), Richard Hull (New York University), Matty Lichtenstein (University of California, Berkeley) and Miriam Lipsius (Ramapo College).
  • Panel IV – 5:30 p.m.: “Go and Tell: Leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy and Storytelling” with a discussion with former ultra-orthodox authors and memoirists featuring Judy Brown, Shulem Deen, Leah Vincent and Jeffrey Shandler (Rutgers University).
  • Keynote address – 8:00 p.m.: Nathan Englander, author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank


WHAT:“Dissent and Dissension: Approaching Ultra-Orthodoxy”


WHEN:Tuesday, April 19, 2016

9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


WHERE:Baruch College Performing Arts Center

55 Lexington Avenue, Engelman Recital Hall

                (Enter on 25th street, between 3rd and Lexington Avenues).



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to



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