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Watch and Learn: Amy-Jill Levine, “What’s Jesus Got to Do With It”

Nov. 30, 2018—Amy-Jill Levine was interviewed on Nashville Public Radio’s (WPLN) live podcast Movers and Thinkers on November 29, 2018 for an episode titled “What’s Jesus Got to Do With It.” Watch the livestream of the recording here.

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Watch and Learn: Antisemitism in Contemporary American Politics

Nov. 14, 2018—Jewish Studies hosted a roundtable titled “Antisemitism in Contemporary American Politics” on November 8, 2018. Moderator was Prof. Allison Schachter, the director of Jewish Studies, and panelists were Prof. Pamela Nadell from American University, Prof. Barry Trachtenberg from Wake Forest...

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JS Lecture Series: Barry Trachtenberg, “The United States and the Holocaust: Race, Refuge, and Remembrance”

Sep. 27, 2018—The Program in Jewish Studies is pleased to welcome Barry Trachtenberg from Wake Forest University to give a talk titled “The United States and the Holocaust: Race, Refuge, and Remembrance.” The event will be at noon on Thursday, November 8...

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Lecture: Jean Silk, “Community Resettlement of Refugees”

Sep. 26, 2018—Jewish Studies is proud to co-sponsor this lecture from Jean Silk on “Community Resettlement of Refugees.” The lecture will take place on Friday, October 5 at 12pm in Buttrick Hall 102. Bio: Jean Silk is Coordinator of JCARR, the Jewish Community...

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JS Lecture Series – Steven Zipperstein, “Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History”

Sep. 5, 2018—The Program in Jewish Studies is pleased to welcome Steven Zipperstein from Stanford University speaking on “Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History,” also the title of his new book. The event will take place on Thursday, October 11 at...

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Jewish Studies sponsors film for 2018 Nashville Jewish Film Festival

Sep. 4, 2018—Jewish Studies is the proud sponsor of the film Promise at Dawn for the 2018 Nashville Jewish Film Festival. The screening is on Thursday, November 1 at 7pm at the Belcourt Theater. For more information, visit the NJFF website.  

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Lecture: Till van Rahden, “When, How, and Why Did Jews Become a “Minority”?

Aug. 27, 2018—Jewish Studies is proud to co-sponsor Till van Rahden speaking on “When, How, and Why Did Jews Become a “Minority”?” This talk will take place on Friday, September 14 at 3pm in Buttrick Hall 212.

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New Flexible Requirements for Major & Minor

Aug. 23, 2018—Jewish Studies has updated its requirements to allow for more flexible opportunities for students interested in the broad subject. Take classes in over 17 departments all over Vanderbilt and shape the direction of your own studies. For more information, visit...

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Lecture – Susan Bernofsky, “Overseas Conversations: On Translating Jenny Erpenbeck”

Aug. 16, 2018—Jewish Studies is proud to co-sponsor this lecture from renowned translator Susan Bernofsky titled “Overseas Conversations: On Translating Jenny Erpenbeck.” The lecture will take place on Monday, September 17 at 6pm in Buttrick 102.   Talk Description: Translator Susan Bernofsky presents...

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Julia Phillips Cohen on Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History

Aug. 16, 2018—Julia Phillips Cohen has been named a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History in New York for the next three years. Read more about the organization here.

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JS Lecture Series – Michael A. Meyer, “Jewish Scholarship and Religious Commitment: The Example of Rabbi Leo Baeck”

Aug. 15, 2018—The Program in Jewish Studies lecture series kicks off the year with Michael A. Meyer from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion speaking on “Jewish Scholarship and Religious Commitment: The Example of Rabbi Leo Baeck.”          ...

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Vanderbilt to Host Antisemitism Roundtable

Aug. 14, 2018—Vanderbilt Jewish Studies will bring three scholars to Vanderbilt for a roundtable discussion titled “Antisemitism in Contemporary American Politics.” The event, moderated by Jewish Studies director Prof. Allison Schachter, will take place the evening of Thursday, November 8 at 7pm...

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Listen and Learn: Jay Geller on Authorial Intentions Podcast, “Bestiarium Judaicum”

Jul. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt podcast Authorial Intentions interviews Jay Geller about his new book book Bestiarium Judaicum: Unnatural Histories of the Jew. Listen to the interview here. 

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David Wasserstein Writes “Fragment of the Month” for Cambridge University Library

May. 21, 2018—David Wasserstein has written the May 2018 “Fragment of the Month” for the Cambridge University Library website. His topic is the Mishnah with Judeo-Arabic translation. Read the full article here.

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Shaul Kelner to Lecture at “Stay the Night” in New York City

May. 16, 2018—Shaul Kelner will be a guest lecturer at Stay the Night (Tikkun Leil Shavuot) at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan on May 19. His talk is titled “Tinker Tailor Tourist Spy.” Read more about the event here. 

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5th Annual Essay Contest Winner: Jessica Goldberg

May. 14, 2018—Jessica Goldberg has been named the winner of this year’s fifth annual Jewish Studies Essay Competition for her paper “From Sholem-Aleichem’s Tevye to Fiddler on the Roof.”  This essay, originally composed for Prof. Judy Klass’s “American Jewish Songwriters” course, details...

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Joshua Lipsey named 2018 recipient of the Miriam Halachmi Prize in Modern Hebrew

May. 14, 2018—Joshua Lipsey has been named the recipient of this year’s Miriam Halachmi Prize for Excellence in Modern Hebrew, presented by the Program in Jewish Studies.  Yifat Crouvi, Lecturer in Modern Hebrew, singled out Joshua’s motivation and strong sense of responsibility...

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Adam Meyer Writes Article for Journal of Ethnic American Literature

May. 14, 2018—Adam Meyer has written an article titled, “Occupying the Middle: Italians, Jews, and Racial Positioning in Edward Lewis Wallant’s The Pawnbroker and John A. Williams’ Sons of Darkness, Sons of Light” for the Journal of Ethnic American Literature.

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David Wasserstein Writes Article for The Conversation on Iran Mummy Discovery

May. 4, 2018—            David Wasserstein has written an article for The Conversation about the recent discovery of a mummy in Iran that has significant consequences for the current political climate. Read the article here.

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David Wasserstein Reviews Book for The Tablet (UK)

Apr. 23, 2018—  David Wasserstein has reviewed Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900 by Simon Schama for The Tablet (UK). Read the entire review here.

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Allison Schachter at UC Berkeley: “Friedrich Schiller in the Jewish Provinces: Fradel Shtok and the Aesthetics of Jewish Prose”

Mar. 7, 2018—Allison Schachter gave a talk at the University of California, Berkeley, on March 7, 2018. Read more about it below:

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Robert Barsky Receives Rockefeller Bellagio Writing Residency

Mar. 5, 2018—Robert Barsky has received the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center writing residency, which takes place in Bellagio, Italy, from March-April. According the foundation: For nearly 60 years, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center has enabled the world’s brightest minds and most ambitious...

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Introduction to Judaism (JS 1010)

Feb. 28, 2018—  Catalog description: Judaism from the ancient Near East to the present day. The Jewish life cycle. Varieties of Jewish practice throughout history. Interaction and dialogue with other religious communities, and the challenges posed by modernity in the wake of...

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Modern Yiddish Literature in Translation (JS 2215)

Feb. 28, 2018—    Catalog description: Late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. Diaspora, minority writing, gender, from shtetl to city, and the Holocaust. What is modern Yiddish literature and why does it matter? A diasporic language and literature unattached to any single nation,...

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David Price

Feb. 19, 2018—Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies BA, University of Cincinnati PhD, Yale University david.h.price@vanderbilt.edu Phone: 615-875-8445 Furman Hall room 130 David H. Price, Professor of Religious Studies, specializes in the istory of the Renaissance and Reformation. He has written...

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Emily Greble

Feb. 19, 2018—Associate Professor of History, German, Russian and East European Studies, and Jewish Studies PhD 2007, Stanford University MA 2004, Stanford University emily.greble@vanderbilt.edu Phone: 615-343-4849 Fax: 615-343-6002 Furman Hall room 130 Emily Greble is an historian of the Balkans and Eastern...

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New Article by Shaul Kelner on the 1968 American Soviet Jewry Movement

Feb. 7, 2018—American Jewish History, a publication by Johns Hopkins University Press, has published a new article by Shaul Kelner entitled, “The American Soviet Jewry Movement’s “Uneventful” 1968: Cold War Liberalism, Human Interest, and the Politics of the Long Haul.” You can...

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Watch and Learn: Phil Lieberman, “Augmenting Genizah Studies with Archaeological Research”

Jan. 22, 2018—Phil Lieberman gave a lecture titled “Augmenting Genizah Studies with Archaeological Research” on May 16, 2017 at the University of Haifa. The talk was sponsored by From Fustat to Haifa: An International Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation Celebrating 120...

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Allison Schachter Named as 2018 Chancellor Faculty Fellow

Jan. 18, 2018—As Vanderbilt News reported: Twelve outstanding faculty members from across the university have been named to the 2018 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows. The class comprises highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty from all corners of campus. “Our world-class faculty are the...

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Amy-Jill Levine Featured in Modern Twist on Classic Bible Stories

Jan. 11, 2018—In this newly published book, classic Bible stories have been written to focus on aspects not typically highlighted in previous children’s versions. Adjunct faculty member Elizabeth F. Caldwell recently published Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible with clarity, diversity, and accuracy in...

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Jay Geller’s “Bestiarium Judaicum” Featured in New Yorker

Jan. 8, 2018—  Jay Geller’s new book “Bestiarium Judaicum: The Unnatural Histories of the Jews” has been featured in a New Yorker article by Paul Reitter entitled, “The Unlikely Kinship of “Bambi” and Kafka’s “Metamorphosis.” Excerpt: In his thoughtful and deeply researched...

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Archaeological Dig in Caesarea, Israel — New Maymester Opportunity

Jan. 4, 2018—The Program in Jewish Studies is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Classical and Mediterranean Studies and the Israel Antiquities Authority to create a new Maymester program of an archaeological dig in Caesarea, Israel. Email Professor Phil Lieberman...

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1/25/18 – Phil Lieberman Moderates Nashville Jewish Book Series: David G. Dalin & Jewish Justices

Jan. 2, 2018—  In this upcoming event from the Nashville Gordon Jewish Community Center, Vanderbilt Jewish Studies professor Phil Lieberman will interview David Dalin on the lives, legal careers, and legacies of the eight Jews, from Brandies to Kagan, who have served or who...

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1/25/18 – Lisa Silverman, “Absent Jews and Invisible Antisemitism in Postwar Vienna: ‘Der Prozess’ (1948) and ‘The Third Man’ (1949)”

Dec. 19, 2017—Jewish Studies is proud to co-sponsor this talk by Dr. Lisa Silverman from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “Absent Jews and Invisible Antisemitism in Postwar Vienna: Der Prozess (1948) and The Third Man (1949)” January 25, 2018, at 4:10pm in Buttrick Hall...

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12/14/17 – Shaul Kelner on Panel “Remembering the Refusenicks: Helping Jews Behind the Iron Curtain”

Dec. 14, 2017—Jewish Studies professor Shaul Kelner will be part of a panel at the Gordon Jewish Community Center discussing, “Remembering the Refusenicks: Helping Jews Behind the Iron Curtain” on December 14 from 7-8:30pm. More information here.

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1/31/18 – JS Lecture Series – Sandrine Sanos, “Post-Holocaust Visions of War and Decolonization in France, 1958-1963”

Dec. 12, 2017—The Program in Jewish Studies lecture series continues with Dr. Sandrine Sanos from Texas A&M University speaking on “Post-Holocaust Visions of War and Decolonization in France, 1958-1963.”                          ...

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2/1/18 – Alexander Knysh, “A Clash of Islams: Sufism and Salafism in the Caucasus”

Dec. 12, 2017—Jewish Studies is proud to co-sponsor this talk by Dr. Alexander Knysh from the University of Michigan. “A Clash of Islams: Sufism and Salafism in the Caucasus” February 1, 2018, from 4:00-5:30pm. Center for Second Language Studies, Room 003 Dr. Alexander...

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2/1/17 – Eric Kurlander, “The Third Reich as Supernatural Project: The Role of Folklore, Occultism, and Border Science in Nazi Empire-Building”

Dec. 12, 2017—Jewish Studies is proud to co-sponsor this talk by Eric Kurlander. “The Third Reich as Supernatural Project:  The Role of Folklore, Occultism, and Border Science in Nazi Empire-Building” February 1, 2018, at 4pm. Lecture in Buttrick 102, with reception to follow...

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2/14/18 – JS Lecture Series – Natalie Zemon Davis, “Languages of the People: A Romanian-Jewish Philologist on Yiddish, Romanian and French”

Dec. 12, 2017—The Program in Jewish Studies lecture series is proud to present Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis from the University of Toronto. “Languages of the People: A Romanian-Jewish Philologist on Yiddish, Romanian and French” February 14, 2017 4pm, Divinity 124 (Reading Room)...

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2/21/18 – JS Lecture Series – Yiddish Glory, “Lost and Found Songs of Soviet Jews during World War II”

Dec. 12, 2017—The Program in Jewish Studies lecture series is proud to present Yiddish Glory: Lost and Found Songs of Soviet Jews during World War II. February 21, 2018 7-8:30pm, Sarrat Cinema FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC CONCERT/LECTURE DESCRIPTION: Singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko (Moscow...

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3/16/17 – David Shneer, “Making Grief: How a Soviet Photographer Made a Photograph of Holocaust Liberation into an Icon of War’s Human Tragedy”

Dec. 12, 2017—Jewish Studies is proud to co-sponsor this talk by Dr. David Shneer from the University of Colorado. “Making Grief: How a Soviet Photographer Made a Photograph of Holocaust Liberation into an Icon of War’s Human Tragedy” March 16, 2017, from 12:10-2:00pm....

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4/4/18 – An Evening with Amitav Ghosh, author of The Ibis Trilogy and The Great Derangement

Dec. 12, 2017—Jewish Studies is a proud co-sponsor of this special visit from Amitav Ghosh, author of The Ibis Trilogy and The Great Derangement April 4, 2018 Lecture:  5:30-6:30pm Reception and book signing:  6:30-7:30pm Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Community Room Read more...

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4/16/18 – JS Lecture Series – Ronnie Perelis, “Families of Blood and Faith: Religion, Race and Community in the Sephardic Atlantic”

Dec. 12, 2017—The Program in Jewish Studies is proud to present Dr. Ronnie Perelis from Yeshiva University. “Families of Blood and Faith: Religion, Race and Community in the Sephardic Atlantic” April 16, 2018 12-1:30pm, Buttrick 123 TALK DESCRIPTION: Who are our true...

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Robert Barsky edits volume of AmeriQuests: “Border Crossing in Law and Literature”

Nov. 21, 2017—  Jewish Studies professor Robert Barksy, along with David Maraniss, edited the latest volume of AmeriQuests, entitled “Border-Crossing in Law and Literature.” This issue features a series of timely position papers regarding current issues in border-crossing, as well as a...

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Listen and Learn: Robert Barksy on WBUR Podcast, “The Chomsky Effect”

Nov. 15, 2017—  Jewish Studies Professor Robert Barksy was interviewed by Christopher Lydon for his podcast “Radio Open Source” in a segment entitled “The Chomsky Effect.” Listen here.

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Shaul Kelner at Conference on Mobility and Leisure Travel in the Cold War

Nov. 15, 2017—  Jewish Studies professor Shaul Kelner will be giving a paper entitled “Foreign Tourists, Domestic Encounters: Human Rights Travel and Western Visits to Soviet Jewish Homes” at the Conference on Mobility and Leisure Travel in the Cold War. The conference...

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Julia Phillips Cohen on board for Association for Jewish Studies

Nov. 14, 2017—  Jewish Studies professor Julia Cohen has been named a board member of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). 

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Shaul Kelner at Fairfield University: “How American Jews Mobilized to Free Soviet Jewry: Lessons for Activism Today”

Nov. 14, 2017—“How American Jews Mobilized to Free Soviet Jewry: Lessons for Activism Today” Jewish Studies Professor Shaul Kelner will be giving a public lecture at Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT) on Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30pm. For more information about the event,...

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Julia Phillips Cohen at UCLA: “A Model Minority? Sephardi Jews in the Late Ottoman Empire”

Nov. 9, 2017—  Jewish Studies professor Julia Cohen gave a guest lecture at UCLA on November 8, 2017 for the Averroës Lecture Series on Muslim-Jewish relations. A Model Minority? Sephardi Jews in the Late Ottoman Empire  This lecture examines the shifting place...

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New Book by Jay Geller: Bestiarium Judaicum

Nov. 8, 2017—From Fordham University Press: Given the vast inventory of verbal and visual images of nonhuman animals–pigs, dogs, vermin, rodents, apes disseminated for millennia to debase, dehumanize, and justify the persecution of Jews, Bestiarium Judaicum asks: What is at play when...

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Christian-Jewish Relations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (JS-3350)

Nov. 2, 2017—Catalog description: Political and cultural history from the medieval persecutions to the expansion of religious toleration in the Enlightenment. Close consideration of legal toleration, banishments, re-admissions, and the impact of Christian reform movements. Instructor: David Price Eligible for credit in:...

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The Holocaust (JS-3100)

Nov. 2, 2017—  Catalog description: The history of the Holocaust: its origins, development, and its legacy in the context of Germany and European history. Instructor: Ari Joskowicz Eligible for credit in: Econ/History Interdisciplinary European Studies History Religious Studies AXLE: International Cultures  ...

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Introduction to Jewish Studies (JS-1002W)

Nov. 2, 2017—  Catalog description: Introduction to Judaism and Jewish history through philosophical, political, social, psychological, and artistic perspectives. Biblical studies; culture, philosophy, and literature. Antiquity and the medieval world; modern and contemporary experience. Repeat credit for students who have completed 1002. Instructor:...

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Coming of Age in Jewish Literature and Film (JS-2260)

Nov. 2, 2017—  Catalog description: The transition of young Jewish protagonists into adulthood as portrayed in literary works and films from Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Repeat credit for students who have completed 2260. Instructor: Allison Schachter Eligible for credit in: English Religious...

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FYS: Jews in Hollywood (JS-1111.12)

Nov. 2, 2017—Catalog description: Immigrant Jews built the twentieth century movie industry as a patriotic U.S. fantasyland. We’ll examine how Jews created the Hollywood studio system and how Hollywood has chosen to represent and often not represent Jews. We will discuss roles in...

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Jewish Humor (JS-2280W)

Nov. 2, 2017—  Catalog description: The flowering of Jewish humor, especially in the U.S. during the twentieth century. Vaudeville, radio comedy, and the Golden Age of television. The careers and works of influential comics, writers and filmmakers, and the development of stand-up comedy....

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Advanced Hebrew Grammar (HEBR-2301)

Nov. 2, 2017—Catalog description: Emphasis on syntax and grammar supplemented by listening, speaking, and reading. No credit for students who have earned credit for a more advanced Hebrew language course. Prerequisite: 2202. Teacher: Yifat Crouvi AXLE: Foreign language proficiency International Cultures Eligible for...

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Intermediate Hebrew (HEBR-2202)

Nov. 2, 2017—Teacher: Yifat Crouvi Catalog description: Continuation of 2201. Greater emphasis on reading and writing. Classes meet three times a week with an additional three hours a week spent in independent work in the language laboratory. No credit for students who have...

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Elementary Hebrew (HEBR-1102)

Nov. 2, 2017—Catalog Description: Continuation of 1101. Greater stress upon conversation and grammar. Classes meet three times a week with an additional two hours a week required in the language laboratory. No credit for students who have earned credit for a more advanced...

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Listen and Learn: David Wasserstein on Authorial Intentions Podcast, “Black Banners of Isis”

Nov. 1, 2017—Vanderbilt podcast Authorial Intentions interviews David Wasserstein about his new book Black Banners of ISIS: The Roots of the New Caliphate. Listen to the interview here. 

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Black-Jewish Relations in Post-War American Literature and Culture (JS-2240W)

Oct. 27, 2017—    Catalog Description: The historical relationship between African Americans and Jewish Americans and its portrayal in novels, short stories, and films by artists from both communities. [3] (US) Teacher: Adam Meyer Eligible for credit in: Religious Studies English AXLE:...

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JS Lecture Series – Sylvia Barack Fishman, “Circles of Jewish Life: Changing Family Formation and Jewish Connectedness among America’s Younger Jews”

Oct. 26, 2017—Circles of Jewish Life: Changing Family Formation and Jewish Connectedness among America’s Younger Jews What do we know about younger American Jews and their friends, personal lives, and families? How do they relate to “Jewishness,” and what does it mean...

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Hebrew Table is back!

Oct. 25, 2017—Hebrew Table is back! Join us for three themed events through the end of the Fall semester. Spring events will be announced next semester.

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Nashville Jewish Film Festival

Oct. 10, 2017—The Program in Jewish Studies is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Nashville Jewish Film Festival. For schedule and ticket information, please visit the NJFF website. Jewish Studies professors will be guest speakers at the following events: Allison Schachter - Director,...

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JS Lecture Series – Paul Reitter, “Solomon Maimon’s Multinationalism in Translation”

Oct. 9, 2017—Solomon Maimon’s Multinationalism in Translation Join us for a lunch talk with Paul Reitter from Ohio State University. Monday, October 16th, 2017 12pm, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Seminar Room Co-sponsored by the Department of German, Russian &...

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JS Lecture Series – Lonneke Geerlings, “The Travels of Rosey E. Pool Through the Deep South, 1959-60”

Sep. 28, 2017—“Anne Frank’s Teacher, W.E.B. DuBois’ Confidant: The Travels of Rosey E. Pool through the Deep South, 1959-60” Dr. Rosey E. Pool was a Dutch Jewish educator, translator and political activist. In her remarkable life, she taught Anne Frank, joined the...

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Robert Barksy contributes chapter on Zellig Harris to Oxford Bibliographies

Jan. 11, 2017—Jewish Studies professor Robert Barsky has contributed a chapter on Zellig Harris to Oxford Bibliographies. Read it here.

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Watch and Learn: Phil Lieberman, “Jewish Onomastics, Cairo Geniza and Westward Migration in the Medieval Period”

Mar. 30, 2015—Phil Lieberman gave a lecture titled “Jewish Onomastics, Cairo Geniza and Westward Migration in the Medieval Period” in March of 2015 at Bar-Ilan University.  

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Watch and Learn: Phil Lieberman, “Religion in the Public Square”

Aug. 15, 2014—Phil Lieberman gave a lecture titled “Religion in the Public Square” on August 11, 2014 at the the Aspen Center for Social Values.

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