The Wexler Lecture on Jewish History

The Wexler Lecture on Jewish History

October 20, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Amanda Herring

Join us for the annual Wexler Lecture on Jewish History, featuring Mir Yarfitz, Associate Professor of History and Director of Jewish Studies at Wake Forest University and author of Impure Migrations: Jews and Sex Work in Golden Age Argentina.

In this virtual presentation, Professor Yarfitz will investigate the period from the 1890s until the 1930s, when prostitution was a legal institution in Argentina and its capital city Buenos Aires was known as the center of Jewish involvement in the sex industry. For many Jewish women, participation in prostitution was one of very few ways they could escape the limited options in their home countries, and Jewish men facilitated their transit and the organization of their work and social lives.

Instead of marginalizing this story or reading it as a degrading chapter in Latin American Jewish history, Yarfitz will explore the complicated social landscape to reveal that sex work is in fact a critical part of the histories of migration, labor, race, and sexuality.

This program is a part of the annual Wexler Lecture on Jewish History series made possible by the Edlavitch DCJCC’s Bernard Wexler Fund for Jewish History.