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  • Given the extreme disruption caused by the Second World War, it would be easy to assume that the intellectual underpinnings of 20th-century international politics must have changed radically from the 1920s to the 1950s. Not so, argues Udi Greenberg, an associate professor of history, in his book The Weimar Century: German Émigrés and the Ideological Foundations of the Cold War, which has won the 2016 European Studies Book Award. Given every two years by the multi-disciplinary Council for...

  • Klaus Milich, a senior lecturer in Comparative Literature, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Jewish Studies, and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, has been named director of the Montgomery Fellows Program, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

    “Klaus brings a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to the directorship, drawing not only on his scholarship, but also on time spent as an essayist, writer, and journalist for German Public Radio and experiences conceptualizing and...

  • Lawrence Kritzman, the John D. Willard Professor of French and Oratory, and Professor of French and Comparative Literature and member of the Jewish Studies Steering committee for many years, has been award the Jerome Goldstein  Award for Distinguished Teaching. 

    Udi Greenberg, Associate Professor of History, has received the John M. Manley Huntington Award for Newly Tenure Faculty. 

    The Jewish Studies Program is grateful for their participation...

  • Lecturer: J. Edward Wright, Visiting Professor for the Religion Department at Dartmouth

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 4:00 pm, Haldeman 041

    This event is free and open to the public!

    About the lecture:

    Several books in the Greek version of the Jewish Bible were demonstrably not written by their alleged authors. Many of these books are now designated as “Pseudepigrapha” or “Apocrypha.” The term pseudepigrapha means “falsely written,” and the term apocrypha means...

  • BU Students Told: ‘Speak Out Against Islamophobia’ (‘The Boston Globe’) 

    Dartmouth’s Susannah Heschel and two other prominent academics spoke out this week at Boston University, urging students to counter anti-Islam bigotry in the wake of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial call to bar Muslims from entering the country, reports The Boston Globe.

    Heschel, the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, told the crowd that gathered Monday on the university...

  • Monday, November 9, 2015, Filene Auditorium, 4:00 pm

    How the assassination of Israel's Prime Minister changed Israeli politics.

    Killing of a King relates the parallel stories of Yitzhak Rabin and his assassin Yigal Amir over the two years leading up to the assassination, as one of them plotted the deals he hoped would lead to peace and the other plotted murder. Only through the prism of the murder is it possible to understand Israel today, from the paralysis in peacemaking to...

  • European scholarship on Islam grew rapidly during the course of the nineteenth century, particularly in the German-speaking academic world. Imperial politics led to the acquisition of manuscripts and facilitated travel to the East by students and scholars. The scholarship on Islam was affected by the imperial political framework, as Edward Said has argued, and also by theological interests and philological methods, as Suzanne Marchand has demonstrated. 

    The purpose of this conference...

  • Israeli-Arab Peace-making; the Past Hundred Years
    Benny Morris, Ben Gurion University, Israel

    Tuesday, 8-11-15, Filene Auditorium, 4:15 pm
    This lecture will examine peace making efforts in 1937, 1947, the 1990s, 2000, and 2008, with concluding comments about the present.
    This event is free and open to the public!

    Please contact [email protected] or contact the Jewish Studies Program at: 603-646-0475...

  • Adrian Parr, University Of Cincinnati
    Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    4:00 – 6:00 pm
    Rockefeller Center, 1930's Room

    Talk description:
    To speak of the imagination as political and aesthetic is both a general assertion about how emancipatory practices work and a theoretical proposition concerning the transformative power of imagination to reconfigure social relations. In this paper I describe the operation of imagination as dynamically combining matter, sense, intuition,...

  • Monday, July 6, 2015, 4:15 pm, Rockefeller 03
    Professor Daniel Juette, Society of Fellows, Harvard University
    This lecture surveys Jewish life in the medieval and early modern German lands, examining key events while also discussing new research perspectives on a millennium of German-Jewish history.
    This event is free and open to the public.

    For further information please contact: Susannah Heschel at