Please join us for a book talk titled "Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society: Suriname in the Atlantic World” by Aviva Ben-Ur (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 4:00 - 5:00 pm PST via Zoom.
Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society explores the political and social history of the Jews of Suriname, a Dutch colony on the South American mainland just north of Brazil. Suriname was home to the most privileged Jewish community in the Americas where Jews, most of Iberian origin, enjoyed religious liberty, were judged by their own tribunal, could enter any trade, owned plantations and slaves, and even had a say in colonial governance.
Aviva Ben-Ur is Professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is author of Sephardic Jews in America: A Diasporic History.
This event is presented by UCI Center for Jewish Studies and is co-sponsored by UCI Center for Latin American Studies.