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Jewish and African American Communities in Baltimore – Dec. 2019
Responding to Legacies of Discrimination: Jewish and African American Communities in Baltimore
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Jewish Museum of Maryland
In partnership with the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the ICJS welcomed historians Deborah R. Weiner, Ph.D. and Charles Chavis, Ph.D. who discussed the complicated alliance between Baltimore's Jewish and African American populations in the lead up to the civil rights era.
Teachers worked with contextual case studies to consider the evolving alliances during the period in Baltimore.
Charles L. Chavis, Jr. Ph.D
Charles L. Chavis, Jr. Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and History and Director of the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race, at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. He previously served as the Museum Coordinator for the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Chavis is a historian and museum educator whose work focuses on the history of racial violence and civil rights activism and Black and Jewish relations in the American South, and the ways in which the historical understandings of racial violence and civil rights activism can inform current and future approaches to peacebuilding and conflict resolution throughout the world.
Deborah Weiner Ph.D.
Deborah Weiner Ph.D. is a Baltimore-based consultant, specializing in curating museum exhibitions, writing and managing publication projects, and developing web content. She is the co-author of On Middle Ground: A History of the Jews of Baltimore (2018) and author of Coalfield Jews: An Appalachian History (2006).
As a professional historian, her goal is to make history relevant and accessible to public audiences. Her areas of expertise include Baltimore history, American Jewish studies, urban history and public policy, technology and society, and immigration studies. She was the Research Historian at the Jewish Museum of Maryland from 2002 to 2013 and co-curated the museum’s two core exhibitions (both still on display), co-edited large-scale exhibition catalogs, and served as managing editor of the biannual magazine.