Faculty Pub Night: From the Shahs to Los Angeles, by Saba Soomekh
** Note: this event starts at 6 p.m., instead of 5:30, as indicated on postcards & flyers. **
What do LMU faculty do after class? Find out at Faculty Pub Night.
The first Pub Night of Spring 2013 features Saba Soomekh, LMU adjunct professor and executive board member of the Jewish Studies Advisory Board, who will be speaking about her book From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women Between Religion and Culture (State University of New York Press, 2012).
From the Shahs to Los Angeles offers a fascinating portrait of three generations of women in an ethnically distinctive and little-known American Jewish community, Jews of Iranian origin living in Los Angeles. Most of Iran's Jewish community immigrated to the United States and settled in L.A. in the wake of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the government-sponsored discrimination that followed. Based on interviews with women raised during the constitutional monarchy of the earlier part of the 20th century, those raised during the modernizing Pahlavi regime of mid-century, and those who have grown up in Los Angeles, the book presents an ethnographic portrait of what life was and is like for Iranian Jewish women across generations. Mother-daughter relationships, double standards for sons and daughters, marriage customs, the appeal of American forms of Jewish practices, social customs and pressures, and the alternate attraction to and critique of materialism and attention to outward appearance are discussed by Soomekh and through the voices of her informants.
All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public. Pub refreshments and snacks will be served, and copies of From the Shahs to Los Angeles will be available for sale and signing.
RSVP below, and don't forget to view the rest of the Pub Night lineup for the semester here.