Everyone has a shoe story. A treasured baby shoe; the first pair of high heels; a worn pair of summer sandals; and for some, the fetishized shoe of a celebrity or a screen icon.
Dr. Edna Nahshon, associate professor of Hebrew at The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss her new book, Jews and Shoes (Berg, 2008), and show images of its rich illustrations, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 4. The program will take place at JTS, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City.
Jews and Shoes, conceived and edited by Dr. Nahshon, explains that in addition to their utilitarian usefulness, shoes can be read as biographical documents and as artifacts that convey theological, social, and economic concepts.
The book is unprecedented in scope and subject matter. It is handsomely illustrated, with images collected from around the globe. The topic of shoes, shoelessness, and shoemakers in Jewish life from the Bible to the modern world is approached from a wide range of cultural, artistic, and historic perspectives.
Dr. Nahshon is also senior associate of Oxford University Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. She is the author of Yiddish Proletarian Theatre: The Art and Politics of the Artef, 1925–1940 (Greenwood Press, 1998), From the Ghetto to the Melting Pot: Israel Zangwill's Jewish Plays (Wayne State UP, 2005), and is the contributing editor of the forthcoming Jewish Theatre, a collection of essays (Brill Academic Publishers, 2008).
Sponsored by The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, the event is part of the 2008-2009 series of book talks by JTS faculty moderated by Dr. David Kraemer, JTS Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics. The series continues on January 22 with Dr. David Roskies, who will discuss his new memoir, Yiddishlands.
Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase. The talk is open to the community at no charge; reservations are required. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Hector Guzman at (212) 678-8075.