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While it’s highly doubtful that “Beyond Rock & Roll: African Americans and Jews in the 1950s” will feature Borscht Belt entertainers and Little Richard impersonators, it is hoped that this all-day seminar will add a little levity to its academic investigation of cultural relations. Keynote speaker Victor Navasky, publisher and editorial director of The Nation, opens the event with “An Age of Innocence and Fear,” focusing on the roles played by blacks and Jews during the Cold War. Arthur Kinoy and Ron Walters’ “Not So Private Lives: Blacks and Jews Under the Looking Glass” will cover the major midcentury court and constitutional issues facing the two communities. Amiri Baraka and Larry Rivers will provide a countercultural survey in “Images in Words and Color—Impressions of a Time.” Paul Buhle and Marcus Raskin close the day with “Rear View Mirror: Lessons Learned From Another Decade,” addressing the current state of African-American/Jewish relations. From 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. at All Souls Church, 16th & Harvard Sts. NW. FREE. (202) 775-1765. (Christopher Porter)