Students produce photographic book of Jewish history

With the help of the Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy at Penn State Berks, students from Penn State Berks documented and preserved some of the community’s Jewish history through a book of photographs. Their efforts has resulted in a printed book titled "Jewish Reading and Berks County."

"Jewish Reading and Berks County," a photographic history of Berks County’s Jewish community, was published by Arcadia Publishing for the “Images in America Series.” The book was produced by 12 students in Laurie Grobman's spring 2011 upper-level interdisciplinary course, "Jewish Representation in History, Literature, Art, and Photography." The students gathered more than 200 images and high-quality photographs, researched and wrote captions for each photo, and helped to design the layout of the book. The project was supported by the Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy at Penn State Berks; the book was edited by Grobman, professor of English and women's studies and coordinator of the lab, and Jessica Didow, program assistant at the lab.

This project is a form of public scholarship, connecting students' coursework and community work through partnerships between colleges/universities and community organizations.

The book will be available for sale beginning Oct. 17, 2011. Proceeds will benefit Jewish Federation of Reading and the Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy at Penn State Berks.

For more information about the book, contact Grobman at leg8@psu.edu.

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Last Updated October 12, 2011