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Josh Parshall: “Digital History and Jewish Arkansas”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Josh Parshall

In 2006, the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) launched the Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities, a free online resource that documents Jewish histories across the region. The Arkansas section, featuring nineteen local entries, debuted in spring 2007. Sixteen years later, ISJL Director of History Josh Parshall is working on revisions and updates to the Arkansas essays.

The landscape of digital history has transformed since the Arkansas section originally appeared, and Jewish Arkansas has changed as well. Parshall will describe the process of correcting old inaccuracies and conducting new research, preview upcoming changes to the encyclopedia, and highlight key issues and events in the development of Jewish Arkansas.

Josh Parshall
has served as the Director of History at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) since July 2017. He had previously worked as an oral historian there from 2009 to 2013. His academic interests include American Jewish culture and politics, Yiddish language and culture, and southern studies. He holds a PhD from the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Parshall is also the president of the Southern Jewish Historical Society.

Register for Webinar

Legacies & Lunch is a hybrid program—offering participants the opportunity to attend either in person or virtually via Zoom. To participate in person, join us at – NEW LOCATION – UA Little Rock Downtown (333 President Clinton Ave). Parking is available in the surface lot or the CALS Parking Deck which you can access from Rock Street. Parking will be validated. Bring your lunch; we will provide drinks and cookies. To participate virtually, register for the webinar using the button above.

This program will be live-streamed to YouTube and the recording will be available immediately following the event.

About Legacies & Lunch

Legacies & Lunch is a free monthly program of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies about Arkansas-related topics.

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Date and Time

October 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm