Building on Temple Emanu-El’s highly successful Kol Tzedek presentations by Isabel Wilkerson and Bryan Stevenson, we are excited to officially announce this year’s Kol Tzedek Speaker is author and historian, Erika Lee. The Kol Tzedek Speakers Series is an annual program addressing various topics of critical importance to the betterment of our world and how we can move forward with hope and action. This year, we are thrilled to present this program in person for the very first time. The lecturers we consider will be acclaimed authorities from their respective fields of specialization. The Hebrew term Kol Tzedek means righteous voice.
We are honored and excited to announce that Erika Lee, will speak to Temple Emanu-El and our broader community in person at Temple Emanu-El on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:30 PM. The presentation will also be available to watch on livestream.
One of the nation’s leading immigration and Asian American historians, Lee is Regents Professor, the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, the Director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, and the President of the Organization of American Historians. The granddaughter of Chinese immigrants, Lee grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, attended Tufts University, and received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Recently awarded an honorary degree from Tufts University and elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Lee also testified before Congress during its historic hearings on discrimination and violence against Asian Americans. Beginning July 1, 2023, Lee will join the History Department at Harvard University as the the inaugural Bae Family Professor of History.