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

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 … Read more

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Allison Schachter Named as 2018 Chancellor Faculty Fellow

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 … Read more

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

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 … Read more

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

  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 … Read more

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Archaeological Dig in Caesarea, Israel — New Maymester Opportunity

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 … Read more

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

  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 … Read more

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

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

  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 … Read more

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

  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 … Read more

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

“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, … Read more

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

  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 … Read more

New Book by Professor David Wasserstein explores the roots of ISIS

From Yale University Press: A medieval Islam historian’s incisive portrait of ISIS, revealing the group’s deep ideological and intellectual roots in the earliest days of Islam With tremendous speed, the Islamic State has moved from the margins to the center … Read more

Allison Schachter named 2017 Yiddish Translation Fellow

Allison Schachter has been awarded a 2017 Translation Fellowship from the Yiddish Book Center. In collaboration with Jordan Finkin, Schachter will translate a collection of modernist short stories by Fradel Shtok. Learn more about the fellowship here.

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4th Annual Essay Contest Winner: Kayley Romick

Kayley Romick’s essay “Angles on Angels” has been chosen as the winner of the 2017 Jewish Studies Essay Contest for Best Undergraduate Paper. Set in New York City in the 1990’s, Angels In America follows characters through the throes of illness, infidelity, … Read more

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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 … Read more

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Authorial Intentions Interview with Robert Alter

Robert Alter, class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, sat for an interview with the Vanderbilt Library about “scholarly trajectories, disciplinary identities, and translation” for their ongoing series Authorial Intentions. Visit the Authorial Intentions catalog … Read more

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Professor Shaul Kelner in Actualité Juive

This week, Professor Shaul Kelner was interviewed in the French Press on the Trump Presidency and American Jews. What impact will the Trump Presidency have on the American Jewish world? Read the full interview with Professor Kelner here.

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What Are We Reading and Writing?

Robert Barsky is a professor in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Law School at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of three books on Noam Chomsky. His most recent books are Undocumented Immigrants in an Era of Arbitrary Law … Read more

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Ari Joskowicz has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

Ari Joskowicz has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for his project “Jews and Roma in the Shadow of Genocide”. The ACLS Fellowship Program awards fellowships to individual scholars working in the humanities and related social … Read more

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Robert Barsky’s Undocumented Immigrants in an Era of Arbitrary Law has been shortlisted for the Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize

Undocumented Immigrants in an Era of Arbitrary Law; The Flight and the Plight of People Deemed Illegal by Robert F. Barsky has been shortlisted for the Socio-Legal Studies Association’s Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize for 2016 This book describes the experiences of … Read more

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Cohen Wins Multiple Book Prizes For Her Recent Monograph

Julia Phillips Cohen’s Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014) has been awarded multiple prizes including the 2015 Jordan Schnitzer Award in Modern Jewish History, the 2015 Barbara Jelavich Prize … Read more

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Cohen Receives Chancellor’s Award

Chancellor Zeppos presented Julia Cohen with a Chancellor’s Award for Research at the August 27th Faculty Assembly.  He cited the two award-winning publications Julia produced in the past year: Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era, … Read more

Julia Phillips Cohen Wins Two 2014 National Jewish Book Awards

Two 2014 National Jewish Book Awards to Julia Phillips Cohen Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman Honored as Finalist Julia Phillips Cohen has won the 2014 National Jewish Book Award for each of her two new books.  Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History, 1700–1950 (Stanford … Read more

Goodman honored with volume in Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers

The Brill publishing house has devoted a new volume in its Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers to the work of Lenn E. Goodman, Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. … Read more

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Joskowicz's "Antisemitism, Anti-Catholicism, and Anticlericalism" featured on Religion and Culture Web Forum

Chapter One of Professor Ari Joskowicz’s monograph, The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France, is featured this month on the Religion and Culture Web Forum of the Martin Marty Center of University of Chicago. Two scholars, Gil … Read more

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Vanderbilt Hustler on Jewish Studies

Features editor Maddie Hughes profiles Jewish life on campus in the 9/24/14 issue of the Hustler. As for the Program in Jewish Studies, read on. Aside from campus organizations, both Jewish and non-Jewish students are able to learn about Judaism … Read more

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Cohen's New Book Traces 250 Years of Sephardi Life

Stanford University Press runs series of blog posts about and excerpted from Julia Phillips Cohen and Sarah Abrevaya Stein’s new co-edited volume, Sephardi Lives. To read each of the five entries, follow the links listed below. How Does One Invent … Read more

Dan King Receives Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in Jewish Studies

Dan King’s essay, “Fear and Trembling in ‘A Bitter Farce,’” provides an interpretation of a 1946 short story by the Jewish-American writer Delmore Schwartz through the lens of ideas propounded by the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.  The story, based on … Read more

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Grad Student Anne Grant's T-Shirt Talk Featured in Jewish Daily Forward

Graduate student Anne Grant’s project, “T-Shirt Talk: The Art of Reimagining Cultural Jewish Identity” is featured on the Forward’s blog, The Schmooze. The exhibition-cum-research-project is built around a collection of almost 100 Jewish-themed t-shirts. Grant explains the project in the Forward: … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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, … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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Graduate Student Anne Grant weighs in on Pew debate in Haaretz Op-Ed

The October 2013 release of the Pew Research Center’s Portrait of American Jews, the first major survey of the American Jewish population in more than a decade, has generated intense debate about its implications for the American Jewish future. Anne … Read more

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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 … Read more

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Meyer Hosts Session at Southern Festival of Books

Adam Meyer, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, hosted a session entitled “I Witness: Seeking Justice in the Jim Crow South” at the Southern Festival of Books on Sunday, October 13. The session featured Chet Bush, author of Called to the Fire: … Read more

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Lieberman Publishes New Book on Jews and Dogs

A Jew’s Best Friend? The Image of the Dog Throughout Jewish History By Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman and Rakefet Zalashik Sussex Academic Press, 2013 From the publisher’s website: A Jew’s Best Friend? The Image of the Dog throughout Jewish History discusses specific cultural manifestations of the … Read more

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