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Conference Program

Program Book PDF (schedule of sessions, special events, receptions; floor plans; exhibitors)

Sessions schedule with presentation abstracts


Highlighted Special Events

Op-Ed Writing and Social Media Workshop

Led by Mira Sucharov, Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University

Sunday, December 15, 9 AM – 12:15 PM, Sapphire Green Room (4th Floor)

$40 (includes a copy of Mira Sucharov's book, Public Influence: A Guide to Op-Ed Writing and Social Media Engagement)

Registration deadline: November 15

This workshop will guide you through the ins and outs of op-ed writing and social media engagement. Led by Mira Sucharov, co-editor of AJS Perspectives, co-chair of the Jewish Politics Division and author of Public Influence: A Guide to Op-Ed Writing and Social Media Engagement (University of Toronto Press, 2019), this workshop will show you how to translate your research into prescriptive arguments, how to find your way into an ongoing public conversation, how to identify the right outlet, how to pitch your ideas, how to structure and style the piece, and how to manage the ensuing conversation—including analyzing the contemporary social media dynamics of outrage culture, tone policing and virtue signaling in the context of variously scholarly, institutional, and grassroots communities.

Prior to the November 15th registration deadline, refunds are subject to a $10 cancellation fee. After November 15, refunds will no longer be available (except in the event that the workshop is cancelled).


Plenary and Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards

Sunday, December 15, 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM, Sapphire Ballroom CDGH (4th Floor)

The 2019 plenary features Professor David Nirenberg in conversation with Professor Lila Corwin Berman discussing the topic “Does the History of Antisemitism Tell Us Anything about Its Future?” The program will also include the announcement of the 2019 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards. Seating at the plenary is limited and will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis.


Celebrating Jordan Schnitzer Book Award Winners Coffee Break

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM Exhibit Hall, Sapphire Ballroom AB, EF, IJ, MN (4th Floor)

Made possible by funding from Jordan Schnitzer and Arlene Schnitzer through the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Family Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation.


Monday

AJS Honors Its Authors Exhibit Hall Coffee Break

Monday, December 16, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM, Exhibit Hall (4th Floor)

Sponsored by Jewish Book Council's Sami Rohr Prize

Join us in celebrating AJS members who have published books in 2019. Open to all conference registrants.


Financial Planning Workshop with Janet Acheatel

Monday, December 16, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Indigo 202 (2nd Floor)

Open to all attendees.

So, you think you have everything in order should something bad happen to you? That's great but even those who have put time and effort into their estate planning tend to end up with lots of loose ends that can unravel the best laid plans. In this session, we will examine some of the most common problem areas including retirement account and insurance policy beneficiaries, providing for your children's welfare, health care directives, wills and trusts, passwords and safe deposit boxes, and taking inventory of personal property. Bring your questions about any aspect of financial planning as we will leave time for Q&A.


Wednesday

Trip to the U.S./Mexico Border with Border Angels

Wednesday, December 18, 9 am – 2 pm

$50 (a limited number of $35 seats are available for graduate students and low-income participants on a first-come basis)

Registration deadline: November 15

NOTE: This trip will only run if at least 20 people sign up by November 15.

Join AJS and Border Angels as we visit Friendship Park, located on the border between San Diego and Tijuana. You will be able to experience and learn about the history of the wall. Participants will be able to learn about immigration laws and learn about the myths and reality of the Border Life.

Be sure to bring documents verifying U.S. residence and wear comfortable closed-toed shoes as it is over a mile walk on sand.

This trip will only run if 20 or more people sign up by November 15.

The bus will leave from the Hilton Bayfront lobby at 9am on Wednesday, December 18 and return at approximately 2pm.

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Prior to the November 15th registration deadline, refunds are subject to a $10 cancellation fee. After November 15, refunds will no longer be available (except in the event that the trip is cancelled).