in literature, in memoir, in ﬁlm, through family trees, and around the kitchen table.
What do these stories mean?
What do they reveal—and what do they obscure?
How do they help individuals understand their community, their ethnic identity, and their origins?
How are these stories different from—and how are they similar to—the stories of other Americans?
How has American history affected ordinary individuals’ family stories?
How have ordinary families’ everyday decisions shaped American history?
Telling Family Stories explores the intersections between personal family stories and academic studies of families. The history of American families begins with your family story.
We welcome you–and your family stories—to our yearlong program of events!
This program is made possible by the Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project, directed by the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Support for the Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project is generously provided by Legacy Heritage Fund Limited.
Generous Co-sponsors include the Greater Lansing Welfare Jewish Federation, Lansing Chapter of Hadassah, MSU Hillel, MSU History Department, MSU English Department, MSU Library, MSU Program for Peace and Justice Studies and the Center for Gender in a Global Context