Mara Wendy Cohen Ioannides

Missouri State University
About the Speaker

Mara W. Cohen Ioannides teaches in the English Department at Missouri State University and is the president of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association. She has edited the only published volume on the history of the Jews of the Ozarks and has published nearly a dozen articles, book chapters, and books on the Jews of America, the Jews of the Midwest, and the Jews of the Ozarks. She is the authority on Jews of the Ozarks.

How Jews Helped Create Missouri

This presentation will examine the history of Jews in the state from the very first before the Louisiana Purchase through the First World War. Jews were in just about every township in the state had an influence on the development of the state.

Jews of the Ozarks

This presentation shows the long history of Jews in the Ozarks and how they helped develop the region. Jews arrived early in the history of the region and had a large impact on its development.