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Andrei Markovits and Kenneth Garner (Local Authors Night)

December 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Please join authors Andrei Markovits and Kenneth Garner as they present their book The Boundaries of Pluralism: The World of the University of Michigan’s Jewish Students from 1897 – 1945 


The book depicts in great detail what student life was like at the University of Michigan in the first four decades of the 20th century. It describes how Jewish students lived at the University of Michigan, how they were integrated by and large, how they made this a good place for them but also how there were limits to this bliss. The book delineates how the University’s commendable pluralism in terms of accepting others, Jews in particular, had its serious limits when it came to Jewish students from the East Coast with leftist political preferences.

Andrei S. Markovits is the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies as well as an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. He is a multiple-award winning teacher who has published on a wide array of topics ranging from German labor and social democracy; to European anti-Americanism and antisemitism; from comparative sports cultures in Europe and North America; to the politics of compassion as highlighted by canine rescue in the United States. His many books and articles have appeared in fifteen languages. The Federal Republic of Germany awarded him the Order of Merit, First Class, the highest honor bestowed by that country on any civilian, German or foreign. With Kenneth Garner he published Hillel at Michigan 1926/7 – 1945: Struggles of Jewish Identity in a Pivotal Era in 2016. This book constitutes a prequel and accompanying study to the book presented here. His memoir about his life in Timisoara (Romania); Vienna (Austria); New York City; and Cambridge, Massachusetts will be published in late 2021, early 2022.

Kenneth Garner earned his Ph.D. in history, and a certificate in cinema studies, from the University of Michigan. Currently, he is Head of Research and Publications for Fakhoury Global Immigration USA, PC, of Troy, Michigan.

Andy and Ken have not only enjoyed working together on this project for more than five years; they also appreciate their mutually shared love of the Beatles and Bob Dylan among many other musical artists.


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December 10
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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