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Watch and Learn: Antisemitism in Contemporary American Politics

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…

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

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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Jewish Studies sponsors film for 2018 Nashville Jewish Film Festival

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.  

New Flexible Requirements for Major & Minor

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…

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

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

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…

5th Annual Essay Contest Winner: Jessica Goldberg

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

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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Robert Barsky Receives Rockefeller Bellagio Writing Residency

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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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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…

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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,…

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Julia Phillips 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…

New Book by Jay Geller: Bestiarium Judaicum

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…

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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Miriam Halachmi Prize for Excellence in Modern Hebrew Winner: Rachel Hechler

The 2016-17 winner of the Miriam Halachmi Prize is Rachel Hechler. Rachel is a rising Sophomore from Tenafly, New Jersey. She is a student in Peabody College, majoring in Human and Organizational Development following a Health and Human Services Track….

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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,…

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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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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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,…

Dultz, Sheppard Win Jewish Studies Student Prizes

ELIZABETH DULTZ has been named the winner of the 2015 Jewish Studies Essay Contest.  Her entry, “Nashville, Zion, and Mortimer May,” tells the history of a second-generation Nashvillian who led the fight to save refugees from Nazi Europe and became…

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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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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:…

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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…

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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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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:…

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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…

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