Walking Made my Path

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iUniverse, Aug 26, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Judith Laikin Elkin has been credited with creating a new field of scholarship, Latin American Jewish Studies. This book traces her paths from childhood in Jewish Detroit to the United States Foreign Service in Asia and Europe, to scholarly research in South America, and the founding of LAJSA, an academic association with members in more than 20 countries. Her experiences as vice consul at the American Embassy in London, as a lone traveler in Spain and Latin America, teaching at American universities at home and abroad, are described with humor, enthusiasm, and relevance for today’s world.

Judith earned a BA in English, MA in International Affairs, and while raising two daughters returned to the University of Michigan to earn a Ph.D. in history. She is the author of Krishna Smiled: Assignment in South Asia; The Great Lakes Colleges Association: Twenty-One Years in Higher Education; and The Jews of Latin America, the foundational text for this subject. She has taught history and political science at Wayne State University, Albion College, Ohio State University, and The University of Michigan, where she is presently associated with the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies in Ann Arbor.

 

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Contents

The Old Country
1
My Yiddishland
9
Who We Were
13
Adventures in Good Music
23
Student Life
31
Foreign Service
41
Imaging Israel
48
AmEmbassy London
57
Starting Over
103
Retooling
113
Seeking Sephardim
121
Tropical Ararat
133
Jews at Machu Picchu?
141
In the Wake of the Golpe
147
Civilization and Barbarism in Argentina
160
Habana Libre 1994
176

My Paseo through Spain
75
Coming Home
90
Help
99
The Birth of LAJSA And the Emergence of an Independent Scholar
196
Eighty OClock
210
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JUDITH LAIKIN ELKIN is a Research Scientist at the University of Michigan and a founder of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association.

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