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Professor AJ Levine recognized for multiple scholarly works

Professor Levine has recently been recommended by The Christian Century for her book, Light of the World. She has also been selected for the United Methodist Women 2020 Reading Program for her book co-authored with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Who is My Neighbor? For…

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Join Professor Mazalit Haim for discussions on Israeli Culture and the unique history of the Hebrew language

On Wednesday, 11.6.19, Prof. Mazalit Haim gave a talk on the history of modern Hebrew language, which was followed by a documentary by the Israeli-French artist Nurith Aviv. She also lectured on various cinematic representations of native Israelis, which was…

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“That Obnoxious Order” – Lunch Talk with Professor Jonathan Sarna

This lecture is part of the Association for Jewish Studies Distinguished Lectureship Program. The Vanderbilt Programs in Jewish Studies and American Studies, the Department of History and the Alexander Heard Libraries are pleased to sponsor Dr. Jonathan Sarna of Brandeis…

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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…

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…

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…

Dr. Adam Gregerman to Speak 3/14

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…

Professor Julia Cohen to present at the 3rd annual International Ladino Day celebration at the University of Washington

Sephardi Lives in Living Color Two editors, seven years, fifteen languages, and hundreds of documents. These are the elements of Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History. The impressive new volume out from Stanford University Press was co-edited by Prof. Julia Phillips Cohen of…

10/12/15- Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields Presented by Holocaust Lecture Series

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…

Holocaust Lecture Series Sponsors Screening of Ida 10/21/15

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,…

Genocide and Sexual Violence, A Panel Discussion 11/3/15

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…

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Michael Bess, Interim Director

Interim Director, Program in Jewish Studies (effective August 1, 2015) Chancellor’s Professor of History Professor of European Studies B.A.(Reed College,, 1979) M.A., Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley, 1983, 1989) 615.322.3340 m.bess@vanderbilt.edu 208 Benson Michael Bess is a specialist in 20th-…

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Major in Jewish Studies

The major in Jewish Studies requires a minimum of 30 credit hours: Foundational Course (3), Language (6), Focus Courses from 3 of 4 subfields (12), Senior Capstone (3), Electives (6)

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