Conference Proceeding: Convivencia: Jews in the Golden Age of Spain

From the eighth through the fifteenth centuries, Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together on the Iberian Peninsula, creating a dynamic culture with artistic, technological, intellectual, and scientific achievements unparalleled elsewhere in Europe. Was this peaceful coexistence real or superficial, or perhaps a fantasy created by a modern world eager for such coexistence ourselves? What do these centuries of living together have to tell us about our chances for “convivencia” (living together) today? Laurel Corona, professor of humanities at San Diego City College, will discuss the history and lives of the Jews during the Convivencia, as chronicled in her book The Mapmaker’s Daughter, and offer insight as to how we should interpret this history in the present