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Opinion piece co-authored by David Wasserstein and Phil Lieberman for The Tennessean

Jul. 13, 2020—Women praying at the Islamic Center of Nashville Bellevue Mosque, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee; Courtney Pedroza/The Tennesseean David J. Wasserstein, Professor of History and Jewish Studies, and Philip Lieberman, Professor of Jewish Studies and Law, and Religious...

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New piece by David Wasserstein for University of Chicago’s Divinity School

Jul. 13, 2020—Image: A Saudi police officer prays in front of the Ka’ba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, March 7, 2020. (Photo: AP) David J. Wasserstein, Professor of History and Jewish Studies, has written a new piece...

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Play published by Judy Klass, plus one staged and one to watch LIVE ON ZOOM

Jun. 25, 2020—Judy Klass, Senior Lecturer of Jewish Studies and English, recently published a play in Summer 2020’s Volume 12 of Qu, a contemporary literary magazine from Queens University of Charlotte. Klass’ short, humorous play The Emperor’s Interview riffs on the Hans...

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Article by David Price appears in the Jewish Quarterly Review

May. 22, 2020—David Price’s article “The Sincerity of Their Historians”: Jacques Basnage and the Reception of Jewish History” recently appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of the Jewish Quarterly Review. Price is a Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies, specializing in the history of...

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New online piece for “The Conversation” by Paul Liebermann

May. 22, 2020—Phil Lieberman has written a new online piece for The Conversation entitled “When religion sided with science: Medieval lessons for surviving COVID-19.” Ackerman-Lieberman is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Law, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, and Affiliated Assistant Professor of Islamic...

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Shaul Kelner quoted in Judische Allgemeine; awarded travel grant from Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

May. 22, 2020—Shaul Kelner, Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies was quoted last week in Judische Allgemeine, a German Jewish newspaper, in an article on the shuttering of American Jewish summer camps due to COVID-19. Kelner has also been awarded a travel grant...

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2020 Contest Winners: “The Best Undergraduate Paper in Jewish Studies” and “The Miriam Halachmi Prize for Excellence in Modern Hebrew”

May. 5, 2020—The Best Undergraduate Paper in Jewish Studies 1st place: Jake Nicastro, “The Changing Southern Jewish Lifestyle in Virginia” (submission from JS 2230W, “American Jews in Southern Life and Literature,” taught by Adam S. Meyer) Honorable mention: Carly Stewart, “Anzia Yezireska and the Hollywood Ending”...

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4/13 “Jewish and Israeli Poetry in Time of Crisis” with Mazalit Haim, Assistant Professor Jewish Studies

Apr. 23, 2020—We had a great turn out at our poetry workshop with Prof. Mazalit Haim and poet Linda Ravenswood. It was well attended by students, faculty and community members who have written some great poems concerning our unique present moment.

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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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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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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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