Sixteen senior scholars of American Jewish history- among the men and women whose work and advocacy have moved their discipline
into the mainstream of academia - converse on the intellectual and personal roads they have traveled in becoming leaders in
their areas of expertise. Through their thoughtful and candid recollections of the challenges they faced in becoming accepted
academics, they retell the story of how the study of the Jews and Judaism in the United States rose from being long dismissed
as an amateurish enterprise not worthy of serious consideration in the world of ideas to its position today as a respected
field in communication with all humanities scholars. They also imagine and chart the direction the writing on American Jews
will take in the coming era.