American Jewish History class with Anna Wrobel – Part II

Jan 06, 2021 10:00AM—11:00AM

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A 4-session online course with Anna Wrobel

Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27 

10 – 11 AM

Advanced registration required by Weds. Dec. 30th at

Registered students will receive the Zoom class link on Monday, Jan. 4th.

Suggested tuition: $50
This course examines American Jewish history in the last hundred years or so. Key themes are historically contextualized including, but not limited to, migration, labor, antisemitism, Israel, the Shoah, and cultural influence.


The class has been adapted to a Zoom format; each session will last one hour, and while Anna will cite primary sources, there will be less focus on in-class analysis of documents. Time is divided between lecture-style presentation and inquiry-based discussion constructed upon the questions and commentaries of the group. Personal and family histories bearing on the discourse are welcome. Past participation in American Jewish History – Part I is not required.


Anna Wrobel is an American historian, teacher, poet, Holocaust Studies educator and daughter of Polish Jewish refugees, a rescue partisan mother and Soviet soldier father. Her poetry and essays appear in Cafe Review, Lilith, Off the Coast and Jewish Currents. Anna has two poetry collections, Marengo Street (2012) and The Arrangement of Things (2018). Her work appeared in HHRC’s art and poetry exhibit, Dilemma of Memory and she’s presented for the Puffin Foundation on Jewish resistance. Anna is consultant to the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation (JPEF) and an Advanced Studies Lerner Fellow of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR).


Anna’s poetry and teaching were featured at the Maine Jewish Museum, Colby College, UMaine-Augusta, Jewish Community Alliance, USM’s OLLI classes and OLLI Sage Lecture series. Poems from the manuscript Sparrow Feathers: Second Generation/First Person are used by teachers in several U.S. states, Poland, Germany and Israel. Anna co-hosted (until COVID) the long-running poetry series, Lowry’s Lodge, with musician/writer Jim Donnelly.

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