Jewish Citizens on Exhibit | Alma Heckman

l'Alliance Israélite Universelle, the Chicago World's Fair and the Ottoman Empire

Progress, colonialism, nationalism, and the civilizing mission are all concepts associated with the late nineteenth century that were on display at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. In this podcast, Alma Heckman discusses the ways in which l'Alliance Israélite Universelle, a Jewish philanthropic organization founded in Paris in 1860, participated in the exposition and in doing so, highlights the ways in which the group's ideology and activities in the realm of education in the Middle East and North Africa contribute to our understanding of these important notions.

Alma Heckman is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at UCLA focusing on communist movements and Jewish politics in Morocco (see departmental page)
Chris Gratien is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University researching the social environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East (see
Episode No. 126
Release Date: 17 October 2013
Location: Nantes, France
Editing and Production: Chris Gratien
Bibliography courtesy of Alma Heckman
Citation: "Jewish Citizens on Exhibit," Alma Heckman and Chris Gratien, Ottoman History Podcast, No. 126 (October 17, 2010)


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