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Distinguished NYU professor to speak March 4


Hasia Diner, the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University and the director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History, will be the featured speaker for Penn State Hazleton's lecture series at 7 p.m., Thurs., March 4, in 1 Kostos Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Her lecture is titled "America's Lure of Plenty: Immigrants, Hunger, and the Journey to America" and will address themes she developed in her book "Hungering for America: Italian, Irish, and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration" (Harvard University Press, 2001) which was nominated for a James Beard Award for excellence in food writing. She will examine how immigrant attitudes about food and starvation reveal important historical and cultural trends in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  

Dr. Diner is the author of several books on American Judaism and immigration, including "The Jews of the United States, 1654 to 2000" (University of California Press, 2004), "The Lower East Side Memories: The Jewish Place in America" (Princeton University Press, 2000) and is co-author of "Her Works Praise Her: A History of Jewish Women in America from Colonial Times to the Present" (Basic Books, 2002).  Her most recent book, "We Remember with Reverence and Love" (NYU Press, 2009), examines the issue of post-World War II American Jews publicly memorializing those who died in the Holocaust. Professor Diner has also contributed to several documentaries of American history, including the recent program "The Jewish Americans," which aired on PBS stations in 2008.

Dr. Diner earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, master's degree from the University of Chicago, and doctoral degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

The final installment of the lecture series will feature Penn State Hazleton Professor of Physics David Miller presenting the annual Mylar Giri Memorial Lecture. Dr. Miller's lecture title is "On the Path of Galileo" at 7 p.m., Tues., April 20, in 1 Kostos Building.

For more information about this event or others at Penn State Hazleton, the Office of University Relations at 570-450-3180.  

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