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Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life–Not Quite White in Fiction and Film: Laura Z. Hobson’s Gentleman’s Agreement and Nella Larsen’s Passing

March 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Not Quite White in Fiction and Film: Laura Z. Hobson's Gentleman's Agreement and Nella Larsen's Passing

Gentleman’s Agreement and Passing are critically-acclaimed novels on racial and ethnic passing that have also been adapted for the screen. These works explore how anti-Black racism and antisemitism have shaped the integration of Blacks and Jews into White Christian American society. A panel will explore both novels as well as their adaptations for the screen. Excerpts from both films will be shown during the program, which will be held at the Douglass Student Center.


  • Donavan L. Ramon, Allen and Joan Bildner Visiting Scholar, Rutgers University
  • Rachel Gordan, Shorstein Professor of American Jewish Culture and Society, University of Florida
  • Gene Seymour (moderator), Film and Cultural Critic

Free and open to the public, advance registration is required on the Bildner Center’s website. Click here.


Douglass Student Center
100 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 United States
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Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center