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The University of Southampton
The Parkes Institute

Howard Rein Lecture: A Jewish Race Scientist in Twentieth Century Britain Event

Portrait of Redcliffe Salaman
18:00 - 19:30
1 November 2022
Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus & Online via Zoom

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Event details

The Howard Rein Lecture is an annual lecture and part of the Parkes Institute 22/23 Event and Seminar series. Please note that there will be refreshments available at this event.

Howard Rein
The late Howard Rein

About the Talk

Redcliffe Salaman (1874-1955) was the most articulate spokesman in Anglo-Jewry in the first half of the twentieth century for the view that Jews are a racial group. This talk will explore how his pioneer work in agricultural botany breeding blight-free varieties of potatoes inspired his work on the transmission of physical traits among Jews. This work then led him to recreate a biological history of the Jews from the biblical period to the present that undermined notions of Jewish racial purity. It will conclude by asking what function his racial conception of Jewishness performed for him and, indeed, for many other British Jews at the time.

Speaker Information

Professor Todd Endelman (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is Professor Emeritus of History and Judaic Studies.

This lecture will be chaired by Professor Tony Kushner.


Professor Todd Endelman
Professor Todd Endelman

This event is run in collaboration with Jewish Book Week.

Jewish Book Week
Jewish Book Week
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