Perseverance; or, My Fight to Study, and to Teach, Yiddish Literature

In the late 1960s, appointments in Jewish studies were springing up in tandem with the “adversarial culture.” But we intended to strengthen the universities, not to trash them.

A Columbia University student responds violently to a campus strike in  protest of the Vietnam war that has blocked his way to class. Mel Finkelstein/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images.

A Columbia University student responds violently to a campus strike in  protest of the Vietnam war that has blocked his way to class. Mel Finkelstein/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images.

Observation
Nov. 29 2018
About the author

Ruth R. Wisse is a research professor at Harvard and a distinguished senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Her most recent book is No Joke: Making Jewish Humor (2013, paperback 2015).


We present here the seventh chapter from the memoirs-in-progress of the renowned scholar and author Ruth R. Wisse. Earlier chapters can be found here. Further installments will appear over the next months.

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