Shachar Pinsker

Digital Project: Mapping Modern Jewish Culture

https://richbrew.org/ This project examines the confluence between cafés, the urban environment, and the creativity of multilingual Jewish diasporic communities. It uncovers a network of interconnected people and coffeehouses that were central to the modern Jewish experience in a time of migration and urbanization. Explore all cafés, cities, and people, or consider how culture traveled between …

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New article about conviviality in the time of the pandemic

The article was published in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/06/14/restaurants-may-be-reopening-will-dining-out-be-same/ Restaurants may be reopening, but will dining out be the same? Conviviality makes dining out fun, but it’s not conducive to social distancing By Shachar Pinsker Shachar Pinsker is a professor at the University of Michigan and the author of “A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern …

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New article at the Chronicle of Higher Education: “Teaching Through a Bout With Covid-19”

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Teaching-Through-a-Bout-With/248732?fbclid=IwAR1nmWVvF_TJaTz2iNWawRww9XvdFhfQUFMXlVnHowAqRFSQzjchIiml4VE On Friday, March 13, the novel coronavirus went from being a mysterious illness that had upended my teaching to something that invaded my home and health. Two days earlier, I had received a message from the president of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor telling us to cancel classes for a couple of …

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Sara Blair and Shachar Pinsker at Literati Bookstore, October 10, 2018

Literati is proud to welcome authors and faculty members at the University of Michigan Shachar Pinsker and Sara Blair who will be sharing and discussing their new books A Rich Brew: How Cafes Created Modern Jewish Culture and How the Other Half Looks: The Lower East Side and the Afterlives of Images. Event date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 …

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A Review of A Rich Brew at The Wall Street Journal

A Rich Brew’ Review: A Remarkable Cultural Infusion Sholem Aleichem found a table and wrote stories while all around him customers drank coffee, read newspapers and talked politics. Norman Lebrecht reviews “A Rich Brew” by Shachar M. Pinsker. Reinhold Völkel, painting of Café Griensteidl, 1896. PHOTO: COURTESY OF NEW YORK UNIVERSITY PRESS By Norman Lebrecht June 28, …

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A New Review of “A Rich Brew” in Moment Magazine

Mark Pendergrast writes in Moment Magazine In A Rich Brew, Shachar Pinsker masterfully documents the impact of café life on Jewish culture throughout the civilized world. He focuses on six essential cities—Odessa, Warsaw, Vienna, Berlin, New York and Tel Aviv/Jaffa—creating overlapping storylines that are not always chronological. A professor of Hebrew literature and culture at the University …

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