The topic springs from research for a forthcoming book (Living in Silverado: Secret Jews in the Mining Towns of Colonial Mexico, University of New Mexico Press, 2019).
David Gitlitz was educated at Oberlin College and trained in literary and historical scholarship at Harvard, receiving his PhD in 1968. His early work dealt with various aspects of Spanish Renaissance and Baroque literary tradition. His more recent work, some of it in collaboration with the late Dr. Linda Davidson, has focused on the connections between Judaic and Hispanic cultures. Gitlitz and Davidson’s books on the culture of pilgrimage, on Sephardic culinary culture, and on crypto-Judaism, have become standards in their fields. Two — Secrecy and Deceit, the Religion of the Crypto-Jews, and A Drizzle of Honey: the Lives and Recipes of Spain’s Crypto-Jews — have won National Jewish Book Awards.
This is part of the OJMCHE series of informal lunchtime conversations. Bring a lunch or buy a brown bag lunch in Lefty’s Cafe and join us in the museum’s auditorium for a lively give and take as we share and explore ideas, experience, and expertise.