Interview with Karen Petrone, October 30, 2017

Project: Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project

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Dr. Karen Petrone talks about growing up in a Roman Catholic family in New York and her education during the 1970s. She discusses how attending Harvard University influenced her interests and her major in Russian history and literature, and discusses her extracurricular activities during college. After completing her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, she moved to Lexington to accept a position as an assistant professor of history at the University of Kentucky. Petrone discusses meeting her husband, a Jewish man, and later converting to Judaism herself. She talks about their decision to raise their children in the Jewish faith. Petrone describes her involvement in the Lexington Jewish community as well as leadership positions she has taken on within the community and Temple Adath Israel. She talks about being a co-advisor for the University of Kentucky Hillel organization. She discusses feminism and gender discrimination in religion, academia, and the wider world. She discusses U.S. politics as well as the political situation surrounding Israel and Zionism.

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2017oh693_jk067

Interviewee Name

Karen Petrone

Interviewer Name

RyAnn Schoenbaechler

Sydney Young

Interview Date

2017-10-30

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Petrone, Karen Interview by RyAnn Schoenbaechler. 30 Oct. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Petrone, K. (2017, October 30). Interview by R. Schoenbaechler. Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Petrone, Karen, interview by RyAnn Schoenbaechler. October 30, 2017, Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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