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In this hour, Stu Levitan talks with Jonathan Pollack, author of Wisconsin The New Home of the Jew: 150 years of Jewish life at the UW-Madison, just published by the George L. Mosse / Laurence A Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin, where Jon is an Honorary Scholar. Jon is a History instructor at Madison College, and the co-editor, with Jonathan Rees, of The Voice of the People: Primary Sources on the History of American Labor, Industrial Relations, and Working-Class Culture. Jon will be giving a talk for Temple Beth El on April 26, that will be by the Zoom app, you can find out more about that tbemadison.org. Jon has published several articles on the Jewish history of the Midwest, and is a frequent guest on Wisconsin Public Radio. Jon had the advantage of attending two of the three best schools in the Big Ten, getting his bachelor’s at Michigan in 1990, then his masters here in 92, doctorate in 99. And of particular interest to music lovers, from 1997 to 2002, Jon played drums for Madison’s most renowned klezmer band, Yid Vicious.
Next week: Sarah Kendzior, author of “Hiding In Plain Sight.”