FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Edith Rogovin Frankel, Ph.D.


Edith Rogovin Frankel, Ph.D., is a native-born American who lived in Israel for many years and taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her B.A. is from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. are from Columbia University. For many years, Dr. Frankel specialized in the Soviet Union with a particular interest in the interaction between government and literary policy. She gradually moved towards Jewish history, specifically in the Russian Empire as well as the Habsburg Empire and has taught many of these subjects. Dr. Frankel has published a number of books and articles in the field, including “Novy Mir: A Case Study in the Politics of Literature” (Cambridge University Press). Her latest book, “Old Lives and New: Soviet Immigrants in Israel and America” focuses on the emigration of the Jews from the Soviet Union in the 1970s. Dr. Frankel has also taught at Stanford University, Dartmouth College and University College London.

The website for her book: www.oldlives.com.

The Jews and the Tsars
How the Russian Empire Dealt with its "Jewish Problem"

These lectures will provide an insight into the interaction of the Jews of Russia with the tsarist autocracy. In such an enormous country, with so many different nations and languages, how did the tsars deal with the Jews, a distinct group that came under Russian control only towards the end of the 18th century? What was the nature of the individual tsars? What policies were followed? What effect did they have on Jewish life? The lectures will cover the effects of the Napoleonic wars on the Jewish community, the Cantonist system of drafting young Jewish boys into the military, the liberalization of policy under Alexander II, the pogroms of the 1880s and the repression and persecution of the Jews following Alexander's assassination.

Four Lectures
  1. Alexander I — The Age of Enlightenment?
  2. Nicholas I — A Dark Period for the Jews of the Russian Empire.
  3. Alexander II — The Great Tsar Liberator.
  4. Alexander III — The End of Hope and Expectation.
Course # W4W5
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 25; March 4, 2015
  Time:2:30 - 4 p.m.
  Fee:$34/member; $54/non-member