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Book Release Event: Women Writing Jewish Modernity, 1919-1939

Book Release Event: WOMEN WRITING JEWISH MODERNITY, 1919-1939 Allison Schachter in conversation with Chana Kronfeld (University of California, Berkeley), Zohar Weiman-Kelman (Ben-Gurion University), and Emily Greble (Vanderbilt University) Hosted by the Max Kade Center for European Studies May 10, 2022…


Plunder: Family Property and Nazi Treasure

Plunder: Family Property and Nazi Treasure A public talk by memoirist Menachem Kaiser “Plunder recounts Kaiser’s journey to Poland, as he tries to reclaim his grandfather’s apartment building stolen by the Nazis, and ends up entangled with treasure hunters in…


Books and Babies: Reproductive Literacy among Haredi Women

Books and Babies: Reproductive Literacy among Haredi Women Michal Raucher hosted by the Jewish Studies Department “In Conceiving Agency: Reproductive Authority among Haredi Women (Indiana University Press, 2020), Michal Raucher explores the ways ultra-Orthodox Jewish women in Israel make decisions…


Discussion with Jessica Kirzane

Jessica Kirzane hosted by Allison Schachter  Join us for a discussion of the translation of Miriam Karpilove’s novel “Diary of a Lonely Girl” February 1, 2022 



Poetry Slam!

The Center for Second Language Studies and the Jewish Studies Department are excited to invite you to this event series! Celebrate the end of the semester with poetry workshops and a slam! This initiative from the Jewish Studies Department and…





Virtual talk by Amy-Jill Levine at Parnassus Books

Parnassus Books presents a conversation with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi-Brettler, authors of The Bible with and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently. The event is virtual, and will take place on the Parnassus Books…



The Netflixization of Israeli and Middle Eastern Cultures

The Netflixization of Israeli and Middle Eastern Cultures: Israel, the Arab World and the Globalization of Television Have you ever wanted to know more about the Netflix obsession with Israeli secret service, Mossad, as portrayed in current Netflix acclaimed shows like…



Judeo-Spanish Workshops this Past Fall!

This fall, the Program in Jewish Studies sponsored two all-day Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) workshops, organized by Vanderbilt Professor Julia Phillips Cohen, and led by two world renowned scholars in Judeo-Spanish linguistics and literature. The first workshop, held on October 20th, was…




Seeing as Believing: A Lunch Talk with Dr. Jeffrey Shandler

***Please note that this event will be held in Alumni Hall 202 on Vanderbilt’s main campus, not Memorial Hall on Peabody Campus. The Program in Jewish Studies is pleased to welcome Jeffrey Shandler of Rutgers University for his talk “Seeing…









Jewish Studies Lecture Series: “Art is My Weapon”

The Program in Jewish Studies is proud to present Art is My Weapon, a performance/lecture from David Shneer of the University of Colorado and singer Jewlia Eisenberg. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 13 at 8pm in the…




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…










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…




















Hebrew Table is back!

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


Nashville Jewish Film Festival

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,…






Listen and Learn: Shaul Kelner presents “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.




Little Failure: A Reading and Conversation with Gary Shteyngart

For the next installment of the Program in Jewish Studies Lecture Series 2016-17, award-winning author Gary Shteyngart joins Professor Sasha Senderovich for a conversation and reading from Little Failure: A Memoir, a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of Shteyngart’s experiences…


Robert Alter: The Challenge of Translating the Bible

Vanderbilt University is delighted to welcome Robert Alter, Ph.D., Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Professor Alter is the author of twenty-two published books, which include award-winning translations of Genesis and the Five Books…


Clarice Lispector Translated

October 10, 2016 — Vanderbilt University proudly presents a conversation between award-winning translator Katrina Dodson and Professor Earl Fitz on Clarice Lispector’s The Complete Stories (New Directions, 2015). From one of the greatest modern writers, these 85 stories are gathered from…



SJAS Conference to be held at Vanderbilt University

The 17th International Conference of the Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies will be held at Vanderbilt from 15-18 August. The conference will feature world-renowned scholars speaking on all issues of Judaeo-Arabic language, literature, philosophy, society, and culture. The conference will begin…



Dr. Adam Gregerman to Speak

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the groundbreaking 1965 Roman Catholic declaration on the relation between the Church and Judaism, both Jews and Catholics have released major theological statements on Jewish-Christian relations. Dr. Gregerman will critically analyze these…


Sayed Kashua to present "The Foreign Mother Tongue"

Monday, March 21, 2016 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm Alumni Hall-  201 In his talk, “The Foreign Mother Tongue,” Sayed Kashua will speak about his experience growing up and pursuing a journalistic and literary career as a Palestinian in Israel, operating…


Nashville Reads at Vanderbilt University

Please join us for a discussion of this year’s “Nashville Reads” book THE COLOR OF WATER A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother By James McBride Facilitated by Andrea Blackman and Tasneem Tewogbola of the Nashville Public Library Monday,…


Blogcast: Shaul Kelner on Jewish Travel Education

In December 2015, Prof. Shaul Kelner participated in the blogcast, “Encounters and Journeys: Cultivating Jewish Peoplehood,” sponsored by the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education. The blogcast focused on travel as a form of Jewish education, ethical engagement and…


Cary Nelson from The University of Illinois to speak at Vanderbilt

Cary Nelson will present “One Land, Two States, Three Narratives: A Proposal” on December 3rd from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, 114 Furman Hall. Nelson is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Emeritus Professor of English. Known as a commentator on higher…




Shaul Kelner in West Bloomfield, Michigan

Prof. Shaul Kelner will speak on “Freedom Seders and Matzohs of Hope: Ritual and Politics in the American Movement for Soviet Jews,” at 7:00 PM on February 17, 2016, at the JCC of Metro Detroit. The talk is part of…



Holocaust Lecture Series Sponsors Screening of Ida

Now in its 38th year, Vanderbilt’s annual Holocaust lecture series is the longest-running program of its kind at any university in the U.S. This year’s theme is gender and genocide which will explore how the multifaceted entanglements of gender and genocide,…


Lecture by Inge Auerbacher, Child Survivor of the Holocaus

Inge Auerbacher was born in Germany in 1935 and spent three years between seven and ten years of age in the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. In her lecture, she will describe her memories of life before World War…


Genocide and Sexual Violence, A Panel Discussion

Shame-filled and stigma-fearing silences, sexism, and the nonrecognition of sexual violence as more and other than violent sex have contributed to the marginalization if not outright omission of the occurrences and functions of sexual violence in genocides from Nazi-occupied Europe…


Zimmerman Judaica Collection Exhibit Opens

Vanderbilt’s Judaica Collection : 70 Years in the Making -A nearly yearlong exhibition opened in May commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Mary and Harry Zimmerman Judaica Collection in the Vanderbilt University Divinity Library. The collection, numbering more than 20,000 titles,…


Shaul Kelner at NYU

Prof. Shaul Kelner will speak at New York University’s Taub Center for Israel Studies conference, “American Jews and Israel: A Relationship in Transition,” Sunday, April 19, 2015. The conference will last from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM. Prof. Kelner will…


Listen and Learn: Lenn Goodman on "Judaism, Humanity, and Nature"

Listen to Prof. Lenn Goodman discuss his book Lenn E. Goodman: Judaism, Humanity, and Nature, edited by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes. Prof. Goodman was interviewed by Christopher Benda for the podcast series, Authorial Intentions, on March 31, 2015. Click here…


Condemning Hate, Reaffirming VU's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt’s Program in Jewish Studies will join with the Office of the Dean of Students, Vanderbilt Student Government, the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life, the Office of Greek Life and Vanderbilt’s Hillel, Chabad, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council,…



Lenn Goodman Book Celebration

On Monday, April 20th in Buttrick Hall, there will be an event celebrating the publication of the book Lenn E. Goodman: Judaism, Humanity, and Nature (Brill, 2014). The program begins at 4:30 pm with a light reception in the Buttrick Atrium.  Beginning…


Two Lectures on Holocaust Memory with Michael Bernard-Donals

Michael Bernard-Donals, Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff, and the Nancy Hoefs Professor of English and affiliate member of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will present two lectures on Holocaust memory.   Sunday 3/15: Public…


Orit Yeret Presents Modern Hebrew at Vanderbilt

Orit Yeret will be presenting at the Center for Second Language Studies on the teaching of Modern Hebrew at Vanderbilt. Yeret joined the Vanderbilt faculty this past fall (2014) as the University’s first full-time instructor of Modern Hebrew. She is…


UCLA's Tutino Speaks on Catholic-Jewish Relations in 17th C. Rome

“Buying with You, Selling with You, & Praying with You? Jewish Properties, Inquisitorial Conflicts, & Probabilist Theology in 17th Century Rome.” Dr. Stefania Tutino, Professor of History, UCLA Wednesday, March 11 4:00-5:30 pm Tillet Faculty Lounge, Vanderbilt Divinity School  …



UCLA's Todd Presner visits Vanderbilt

UCLA’s Professor of Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies, Todd Presner will speak at Vanderbilt on Friday, February 6th from 11:10-12:30, 123 Buttrick Hall “The Ethics of the Algorithm: Close and Distant Listening to the Shoah Foundation Visual History…


Indiana Univ.'s Mark Roseman Speaks on Holocaust Rescue

Indiana University’s Mark Roseman will speak at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, January 28 from 4:10- 6:00, 123 Buttrick Hall The rescue of history: Holocaust rescue beyond altruism and hagiography – a case study Mark Roseman is Pat M Glazer Chair in Jewish…


Schoenberg’s "A Survivor from Warsaw," Performance and Lecture

The Vanderbilt Orchestra will perform Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw at Ingram Hall on Saturday January 24th at 8:00 p.m. The piece will be performed with the men of the Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir and with narration by Vanderbilt musicologist Jim Lovensheimer….


Brunch and Learn with Julia Phillips Cohen

Professor Julia Phillips Cohen will discuss the history of Sephardi Jewry and her new book, Sephardi Lives, this Sunday, November 23rd. Bagels and Coffee will be provided! Copies of Professor Cohen’s book will be also available for purchase and signing…


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…


Goodman & Geller on Lemkin & Genocide

On Wednesday, November 12th, Vanderbilt’s Social and Political Thought Workshop will feature Prof. Lenn Goodman, presenting on “Raphael Lemkin – Framing the Concept of Genocide.” Prof. Jay Geller will serve as commentator. ROOM: Sarratt 189 TIME: Noon-1:30 Attendees of the…



Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman and Rakefet Zalashik at Parnassus Books

Prof. Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman and visiting international scholar Rakefet Zalashik will speak at Parnassus Books on the evening of November 12, 2014. They will discuss their co-authored book, A Jew’s Best Friend? The Image of the Dog Throughout Jewish History. Copies…


AJS Annual Conference

Shaul Kelner, Julia Cohen, Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman, and other faculty and graduate students from Vanderbilt’s Jewish Studies program will speak at this year’s Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland at the Hilton Baltimore. Speakers: Prof. Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman The…


Ari Joskowicz at Nashville Jewish Film Festival

Prof. Ari Joskowicz will speak at the Nashville Jewish Film Festival on the evening of November 6, 2014. Prof. Joskowicz will speak following the film Aftermath, directed by Wladyslaw Pasikowski. Film synopsis: After living in the US, Franek returns to…




Shaul Kelner at Colby College in Waterville, Maine

Prof. Shaul Kelner will speak at Colby College on the evening of November 17, 2014. Title: “Pilgrimage in a Tourist Age: The Case of Birthright Israel” Monday, 17 November, 2014, 5:00 P.M. Contact: Prof. David Freidenreich at dfreiden@colby.edu Location: Parker…


Jack Sasson in Nashville, TN

Prof. Jack Sasson speak on will speak on Abraham and Abimelech at Congregation Sherith Israel in Nashville, TN on the evening of November 7, 2014. RSVP for the dinner lecture at (615) 292-6614.


Shaul Kelner at the University of Kentucky

Prof. Shaul Kelner will speak at the University of Kentucky on the evening of October 27, 2014. Title: “Pilgrimage in a Tourist Age: The Case of Birthright Israel and the Shaping of Jewish Identity” Monday, 27 October, 2014, 7:00 P.M….




Listen and Learn: Lenn Goodman on "The Soul and Its Body"

Listen to Prof. Lenn Goodman discuss his book Coming to Mind: The Soul and Its Body, co-authored with D. Gregory Caramenico. Prof. Goodman was interviewed by Christopher Benda for the podcast series, Authorial Intentions, on September 19, 2014. Click here to…










Watch and Learn: Shaul Kelner on the Soviet Jewry Movement

Watch Shaul Kelner’s lecture on “Soviet Jewry Activists & Civic Engagement” at the National Museum of American Jewish History, March 6, 2014, in Philadelphia. Delivered for the Murray Friedman Memorial Lecture, a symposium sponsored by Temple University’s Feinstein Center for American…




45th Annual Association for Jewish Studies Conference

The 45th annual Association for Jewish Studies conference will take place in Boston, MA on December 15-17, 2013 and Vanderbilt’s Program in Jewish Studies will be well represented. Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman: Moderator for Pre-modernity in the Digital Age Julia Cohen: Discussant for Attracting…


Nashville Jewish Film Festival

The Program in Jewish Studies is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Nashville Jewish Film Festival. For schedule and ticket information, please visit the NJFF website.


NYU's Diner on Great Jewish Migration – Lunch Provided

Hasia Diner (NYU) speaks at Vanderbilt on October 31st: “Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migration in the Long Nineteenth Century and the Peddlers Who Made it Possible,” 12:30 P.M., 100 Alumni Hall. Her lecture is free and open to the public.


Screening of "The Dybbuk"

This Halloween no one can escape Yiddish zombies from beyond the tomb!! Join the Program in Jewish Studies for “The Dybbuk” on October 30 @ 8 p.m. in the Commons Multipurpose room.


NYU's Fleming Speaks on Greek, Israeli Nation-Building

Katherine E. Fleming (NYU) speaks at Vanderbilt on October 24th: “Big Histories, Small States or Herzl at the Akropolis: The Uses of the Past in Greek and Israeli Nation-Building,” 4:00 P.M., 100 Alumni Hall. Her lecture is free and open to the public.


Listen and Learn: Jack Sasson on the Book of Judges

Listen to Prof. Jack Sasson discuss his book Judges 1-12: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Prof. Sasson was interviewed by Christopher Benda for the podcast series, Authorial Intentions, on October 21, 2013. Click here to listen to the interview.




Listen and Learn: Shaul Kelner on "Tours That Bind"

Listen to Prof. Kelner discuss his book Tours That Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage, and Israeli Birthright Tourism. Prof. Kelner was interviewed by Christopher Benda for the podcast series, Authorial Intentions, on August 13, 2010. Click here for the interview.