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Andrei Markovits presents The Passport as Home: Comfort in Rootlessness

Fri December 31, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - Wed May 11, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

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Enjoy the recorded presentation with Andrei Markovits and moderator David Karen professor in the Department of Sociology at Bryn Mawr College as they discuss Markovits’ new  book The Passport as Home: Comfort in Rootlessness

This is the story of an illustrious Romanian-born, Hungarian-speaking, Vienna-schooled, Columbia-educated and Harvard-formed middle-class Jewish professor of politics and other subjects. Markovits revels in a rootlessness that offers him comfort, succor, and the inspiration for his life’s work. As we follow his quest to find a home, we encounter his engagement with the important political, social and cultural developments of five decades on two continents. We also learn about his musical preferences, from classical to rock; his love of team sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball, and American football; and his devotion to dogs and their rescue. Above all, the book analyzes the travails of emigration the author experienced twice, moving from Romania to Vienna and then from Vienna to New York.

Markovits has published nineteen books and edited volumes; well over 100 scholarly articles; more than 50 review essays; and many articles and interviews in the American and European press. His work has been published in 15 languages. He has been invited to deliver more than 400 lectures at academic conferences, universities and other scholarly settings throughout the world; Markovits has been awarded many fellowships, scholarships and research grants.

Besides winning several teaching awards in several universities, at the University of Michigan he was bestowed the Tronstein Prize in 2007 and in 2016 for being the best teacher in the Department of Political Science and the Golden Apple Award in 2007 for being the best instructor on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus.

Markovits is also the recipient of Das Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse, the Cross of the Order of Merit, First Class, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the president of the Federal Republic of Germany on a civilian, German or foreign.

But who is Andrei Markovits? What shaped him to become the person he is today?

In his memoir The Passport as Home: Comfort in Rootlessness Markovits becomes personal and talks about the man himself.


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The views expressed by Andrei Markovits and David Karen are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Ann Arbor JCC.

This program is presented by the Jewish Cultural Arts and Education (JCAE) department of the Ann Arbor JCC. For more information on this or other JCAE programs, please contact Noemi Herzig, director of Jewish Cultural Arts and Education, at [email protected]


Fri December 31, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Wed May 11 @ 8:30 pm
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