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Professor Pierre Birnbaum gives a lecture on Food, Identity, and the Jews in Modern France

Professor Pierre Birnbaum gives a lecture on Food, Identity, and the Jews in Modern France

Published on April 12, 2013

On Monday, April 15th, Professor Pierre Birnbaum of the Sorbonne will speak on "Sur la Table: Food, Identity and the Jews in Modern France."

Organized by the George Washington University Program in Judaic Studies, and supported by the French Embassy’s Office of Higher Education, his presentation focuses on the history of food gatherings since the French Revolution and the role they have played to establish a sense of belonging. The central question animating Professor Birbaum’s lively and provocative talk is whether citizens are able to share the same public space even if they don’t eat at the same table.

During his visit to Washington D.C, Professor Birbaum will also participate in a roundtable discussion on "Politics and Culture in Contemporary France" at GWU on Monday, April 15th at 2:30 PM. He will then visit an undergraduate class conducted in French called "Immigration and Identity in Contemporary France". While at GWU, Professor Birbaum will have the opportunity to engage in a lively conversation with faculty and students about the methodological and substantive implications of his current food centered project.

One of France’s leading political sociologist and an internationally renowned expert on minority relations, Pierre Birnbaum is now Professor Emeritus at the Sorbonne. He has authored numerous books on political theory, the sociology of the State, and the contemporary history of Jews.

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