Marking the Jews in Renaissance Italy: Politics, Religion, and the Power of Symbols
Where: Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave.
212-817-7000 Price: Free
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Flora Cassen, Associate Professor of History and Van der Horst Fellow of Jewish History and culture at UNC Chapel Hill, will talk about her new book on the Jewish badge in Renaissance Italy.
The practice of forcing Jews to wear discriminatory marks on their clothing started in the middle ages, but was applied with new vigor in 16th century Italy as a result of the Spanish conquest and the Counter-Reformation. Cassen will discuss the symbolism of the marks that Jews were forced to wear, the impact of discrimination on Jewish life, and the Jewish reactions.Buy tickets/get more info now