KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY’S 2ND ANNUAL
SYMPOSIUM ON JEWISH LIFE IN THE SOUTH
“Business Leadership and Philanthropy”
SPONSORED BY: Kennesaw State University’s Center for Regional History &
Culture and the Atlanta History Center
The Georgia Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities’ We the
People Initiative, the Georgia General Assembly, the Atlanta History Center, and Kennesaw
State University have all provided funding for this symposium.
February 24-25, 2005
Room 400, KSU Center on Busbee Drive1
The symposium is free and open to the public, but we ask you to register ahead of time, if at
all possible. You may find the registration form below.
Thursday evening, February 24, 2005
7:00 P.M. Welcome.
7:15 P.M. Ms. Jeanne Cyriaque, coordinator of African American Programs, Georgia
Division of Historic Preservation, “Some Are Still Standing: Georgia’s
Surviving Rosenwald Schools.” [The Julius Rosenwald Fund provided seed
money for the construction of thousands of African American schools during
the early part of the 20th century.]
7:45 P.M. Dr. Susie Wheeler, former student at the Noble Hill Rosenwald School in
Cassville, Ga., retired Jeanes Supervisor and Curriculum Director for
Bartow County Schools, “History of the Noble Hill School and the Noble
Hill-Wheeler Memorial Center.”
8:15 P.M. Ms. Alice Rosenwald and/or Dr. Peter Ascoli, grandchildren of Julius
Rosenwald, will speak on Julius Rosenwald, the Rosewald Fund, and
current efforts to preserve the remaining Rosenwald schools.
A reception will follow the Thursday evening session. Attendees will be encouraged
to tour the Anne Frank in the World exhibit before or after the session.
Friday, February 25, 2005
To reach the KSU Center from south of campus, take I-75 to the Chastain Road exit (Exit 271).
At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Chastain and go one block to the traffic light at
Busbee Drive. Turn right onto Busbee, go by the Cracker Barrel and Best Western, and take the
first driveway into the KSU Center. There should be plenty of free parking. Go through the
Continuing Education entrance and go straight back beyond the Anne Frank exhibit to Room 400.
9:00 A.M. Welcome.
9:15 A.M. Dr. Mark K. Bauman, author of numerous books and articles on southern
Jewish history and editor, Southern Jewish History, the journal of the
Southern Jewish Historical Society, “Self Help and Filling Niches: The
Road to Economic Success for Jews in the South.”
9:45 A.M. Ms. Wendy Lowe Besmann, author of A Separate Circle: Jewish Life in
Knoxville, Tennessee, “The Merchants of Knoxville: Competition,
Cooperation, and Philanthropy in a Small Jewish Community.”
10:15 A.M. Break.
10:30 A.M. Dr. Susan Glisson, director of William Winter Institute for Racial
Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi, “Building Coalitions in a
Post-Civil Rights Era.”
11:00 A.M. Dr. Don E. Carleton, director of the Center for American History at the
University of Texas, Austin, and J. R. Parten Chair in the Archives of
American History, “ ‘Being Rapoport’: Oral History and Autobiography.”
11:30 A.M. Panel of Morning Speakers.
12:00 noon Lunch, followed by a panel of prominent northwest Georgia philanthropists,
moderated by Dr. Timothy S. Mescon, Dean of KSU’s Coles College of
1:30 P.M. End of formal program. Attendees will be encouraged to stay and tour the
Anne Frank exhibit. For interested participants, we will also arrange a
Friday afternoon trip to the Nobel Hill Rosenwald School in Cassville,
Georgia, about 30 miles from campus.
Registration: Please send the requested information to firstname.lastname@example.org or clip and
mail this form to:
Dr. Thomas A. Scott, Director
Center for Regional History & Culture
Department of History & Philosophy #1806
KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Phone Number: ______________________________________
E-mail address: __________________________________