I am delighted to be joining such a distinguished crew of bloggers here at The Faculty Lounge. As an academic, I'm still in my baby shoes, but as a blogger I can claim some seniority -- I started The Debate Link almost 12 years ago in 2004. I've been blogging so long I remember when people were worried it would destroy a prospective academic's career! Whether due to foresight or foolhardiness I disregarded those warnings, and I'm glad I did. I've found the legal blogosphere to be an immensely fertile source of academic engagement, and a non-insignificant chunk of my published scholarship has began life, in one form or another, as a blog post musing. So along with everything else, I really consider it a genuine professional accomplishment to be invited to guest-blog here.
This past week, I got to tick off another "professional accomplishment" box when I (along with my friend Analucia Lopezrevoredo) delivered my first invited lecture at San Diego State University. It was titled "An Intersectional Failure: Situating Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews in Contemporary Jewish Discourse" (building off of an article we published in Tablet Magazine a few months ago), and, as the name implies, brought an intersectional lens to bear on the generally-marginalzied position of Sephardic and Mizrahi (roughly, Iberian and Middle Eastern) Jews in contemporary discourse by and about Jews.
Often times when we think about Jews and diversity, we think about it in terms of external relations -- how can Jews better relate to "other" groups (African-Americans, Latinos, Arabs, Muslims, and so on). But this, of course, elides the tremendous diversity that exists within our community. In the very short time I spent at SDSU, I met: