February 14

History Forum w/ Noam Sienna

“Spinning A Rainbow Thread: Reflections on Writing Queer Jewish History”
Noam Sienna, PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota
Friday, February 14, 2020 | 12:30pm-2:00pm | Sakamaki A201

What is the place of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer Jews in history? Over the past two years, Noam Sienna has worked to uncover documents that until now have been scattered across the globe, and largely unrecognized. Pulling together these varied sources, written in over fifteen languages – which include poetry, literature, law, midrash, and memoir – Sienna has created the very first anthology of queer Jewish history, released in February 2019. Drawing on this publication, Sienna spins a complex story about Jewish sexuality and gender across time and space.

Reception to follow. Co-sponsored by UH History, PAT, Hillel Hawaii, and the UH Fund for the Promotion of Jewish Life and Study.