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New faculty publications by Julia Phillips Cohen and Judy Klass

Feb. 14, 2020—Our JS interim director and professor, Julia Cohen, has recently published a short article titled “American Days, Turkish Nights” about Turkish Jews in the US. Congratulations Julia! Read more here at: http://www.sephardiclosangeles.org/portfolios/american-days-turkish-nights/ Professor Judy Klass currently has three of her...

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2/20 The Netflixization of Israeli and Middle Eastern Cultures – Israel, The Arab World and the Globalization of TV

Feb. 13, 2020—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...

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3/11 Dr. Samira Mehta presents, “The Diaphragm Debates: Protestants, Jews, Catholics, and a Changing Culture of Contraception”

Feb. 12, 2020—The Program in Jewish Studies is pleased to partner with the Departments of Religious Studies & Medicine, Health and Society in welcoming Samira Mehta to Vanderbilt main campus on March 11, 2020 (Stevenson 1 room 206, 4:10pm). Samira K. Mehta is an...

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Maymester 2020: Caesarea with Professors Phillip Lieberman and Joseph Rife

Jan. 16, 2020—From Professor Lieberman: This year, we’re returning for a third season to Caesarea and beginning by re-opening the 13 trenches that we expanded last year. We discovered a horde of gold coins and a rather remarkable early Islamic cistern in...

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2/10 Lecture from Fulbright fellow Allyson Gonzalez: “Performing the Sephardic in Modern Spain, 1914-1968”

Jan. 16, 2020—The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies, and the Program in Jewish Studies welcome Allyson Gonzalez, a Brandeis University graduate and current Fulbright Fellow to Israel. She is one of two recipients...

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New faculty publication – Lenn Goodman

Dec. 9, 2019—Professor Lenn Goodman has recently published a new body of work titled The Holy One of Israel.  This publication is available through Oxford University Press. Use the promo code AAFLYG6 to save! From the back cover: “The Holy One of Israel...

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4/20 Jewish Studies Lecture Series: Julia Watts Belser, “Reading Noah’s Ark in the Age of Climate Change: Jewish Stories on Gender, Disability, and the Politics of Survival”

Jul. 12, 2019—Reading Noah’s Ark in the Age of Climate Change: Jewish Stories on Gender, Disability, and the Politics of Survival Julia Watts Belser Georgetown University This talk grapples with disability and climate change, reading Jewish traditions about Noah and the biblical...

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Watch and Learn: Antisemitism in Contemporary American Politics

Nov. 14, 2018—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...

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New Flexible Requirements for Major & Minor

Aug. 23, 2018—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...

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Julia Phillips Cohen elected to board of Association for Jewish Studies

Nov. 14, 2017—  Jewish Studies professor Julia Cohen has been elected to the board of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). 

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New Book by Jay Geller: Bestiarium Judaicum

Nov. 8, 2017—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...

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New Book by Professor David Wasserstein explores the roots of ISIS

Aug. 31, 2017—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...

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