"Greeting the Season": The December Dilemma in American Jewish Popular Culture

The 33rd Annual Jerome Nemer Lecture
USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life

11/10/2013: 4:30PM

University Park Campus
Davidson Continuing Education Center (Map)
Embassy Room

free, Parking is $10 in Parking Structure D


The 33rd Annual Nemer keynote lecture will be delivered by Dr. Jeffrey Shandler, a scholar of modern Jewish culture who specializes in Yiddish culture, Holocaust remembrance, and the ethnography of contemporary Jewish life in America. Dr. Shandler is a Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. Commentary to follow by Josh Kun, Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, USC.

Known since the mid-twentieth century as the December Dilemma, the coincidence of Christmas and Hanukkah has not only transformed how American Jews observe the latter holiday but has also engendered an array of Jewish responses to the near-ubiquitous public celebration of the former one.