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Listen and Learn: Shaul Kelner, “The Soviet Jewry Movement”

University of Michigan, Judaic Studies 2015-16 Frankel Institute Secularization/Sacralization Fellow, Shaul Kelner Project Title: Strategic Sacralization in American Jewish Politics: The Contradictions of Cultural Mobilization in the American Soviet Jewry Movement Click here to listen to the Frankly Judaic podcast.

Professor Ari Joskowicz: New Article and Special Review

The Journal of Politics, Religion and Ideology just published a special review forum on Ari Joskowicz’s co-edited volume Secularism in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times. Read the article here. Additonally, Professor Joskowicz has a new article in Jewish…

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Statement on Immigration Executive Order

The following statement reflects only the views of the individual signees. February 3, 2017 As teachers and researchers in Islamic Studies and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, we stand together to oppose President Trump’s executive order to suspend the admittance…

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But is it art? Jews, photography, and photojournalism in Britain, 1860-2016 Presented on October 6th by Michael Berkowitz

In a critical period for both journalism and the popularization of the fine arts in Britain, a disproportionate share of press photographers, as well as editors, art-editors, and picture-agency heads were of Jewish origins from 1918 to 1951.  Britain’s foundational…

Blanchard wins Jewish Studies Essay Contest

Alyssa Blanchard’s essay “’Let’s End this Charade’:  Performance and Jewish Identity” has been named the winner of the 2016 Jewish Studies Essay Contest.  Focusing on Dara Horn’s 2009 novel All Other Nights, set during the Civil War era, Blanchard discusses…

Judy Klass Receives Act One: One Act Publishing Offer

Judy Klass’s short play Ismene’s Press Conference, a re-imagining of Antigone by Sophocles, is in press at Brooklyn Publishers, which has already published two of her short plays as stand-alone scripts. Her short play Performance Art recently made the finals in the…

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Classical Judaism (JS1200)

Catalog Description: History of the Jewish people from biblical origins through the 2nd century CE. The Hellenistic Age, the Age of the Maccabees, Roman rule, and the rise of the Rabbis and Rabbinic literature. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course:…

11/13/2014: Brandeis U's ChaeRan Freeze visits Vanderbilt

Brandeis University’s Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Dr. ChaeRan Freeze, comes to Vanderbilt on November 13th. “Illness and Everyday Life in Imperial Russia” Thursday, November 13th, 12:00PM, Buttrick 123 Lunch Provided     BRIEF BIOGRAPHY Dr. Freeze…

Tamber-Rosenau's "Lethal Women" Takes Silver in 3MT Competition

Ph.D. student in Hebrew Bible, Caryn Tamber-Rosenau, placed second in the Vanderbilt Graduate Student Councils’ 3MT (3-Mintue-Thesis) competition. 3MT is a campus-wide competition in which students from across departments vie to see who can best present their dissertation research to…

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Graduate Student Anne Grant Presents "T-Shirt Talk" at Slifka Center at Yale

Anne Grant, a Vanderbilt graduate student studying the Sociology of American Jews, presented “T-Shirt Talk: The Art of Reimagining Cultural Jewish Identity” art exhibit at the Yale University Slifka Center which opened on Tuesday, March 4. Grant and Slifka Arts Curator,…

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Lieberman Publishes New Book on Medieval Jewish and Islamic Economic History

The Business of Identity: Jews, Muslims, and Economic Life in Medieval Egypt By Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman Stanford University Press, 2014 From the publisher’s website: The Cairo Geniza is the largest and richest store of documentary evidence for the medieval Islamic…

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Cohen Publishes New Book on Sephardi Jews in the Ottoman Empire

Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era By Julia Phillips Cohen Oxford University Press, 2014 From the publisher’s website: The Ottoman-Jewish story has long been told as a romance between Jews and the empire. The prevailing view is that…

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Joskowicz Publishes New Book on Jewish Anti-Catholicism

The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France By Ari Joskowicz Stanford University Press, 2013 From the publisher’s website: The most prominent story of nineteenth-century German and French Jewry has focused on Jewish adoption of liberal middle-class values.The Modernity…

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Joskowicz Wins German Studies Association Prize for Heine Article

The North American office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) awarded Ari Joskowicz, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and European Studies, the Article Prize of the German Studies Association for his piece “Heinrich Heine’s Transparent Masks: Denominational Politics and the…

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Allison Schachter

Director, Program in Jewish Studies Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and English B.A. (Stanford University 1996) Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley 2006) 615.322.1172 allison.schachter@vanderbilt.edu 142 Buttrick Hall Allison Schachter specializes in modern Jewish literature and culture, with allied interests in…