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  • Lecturer: Edwin Seroussi, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016, Moore Hall/Filene Auditorium, 4:30 pm

    Israel’s national anthem, Hatikvah (“The Hope”), is a perfect example of the early Zionist movement’s creative drive and haphazard, experimental character. It also exemplifies the elusiveness of the symbols of modern nation-states. The lecture will trace the history of the poem, its various iterations, and the music that was shaped to fit the poem. The political...

  • All That Are Left Of The House of Israel: The Revival of Judaism In World War II France And Its Postwar Impact

    Lecturer: Sarah Hammerschlag, University of Chicago

    Tuesday,  July 26, 2016, Moore Hall/Filene Auditorium, 4:30 pm

    The talk will consider the role of the Jewish boy scouts in the renewal of Judaism both during and after World War II in France.  It will show the dual influences of biblical archetypes and interwar youth culture on this movement and their impact on...

  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016, Moore Hall, Filene Auditorium, 4:30 pm

    "This lecture draws on Undeclared Wars with Israel:  East Germany and the West German Far Left, 1967-1989 recently published by Cambridge University Press. It examines the spectrum of antagonism to Israel coming from the East German government and West German organizations of the far left during these years. It was an antagonism that covered a spectrum from hostile propaganda, political warfare at the United Nations in New...

  • In his ground-breaking book, Year Zero, Professor Hillel Cohen, Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, examines the violent riots that took place in Palestine in 1929, with Arab attacks on Jews and Jewish attacks on Arab. Arguing that the events of that year and – more importantly – the memory of the violence and the political uses of that memory, by Jews and Arabs, constitute a turning point in the history of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, with...

  • The Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted unanimously yesterday to grant the Jewish Studies Program permanent status. This is a wonderful achievement and we should be celebrating and thanking one another for all of our hard work over the years. 

    Special thanks go to those who were involved in founding the program twenty years ago, including Susan Ackerman, Ehud Benor, Shalom Goldman, Marianne Hirsch, Larry Kritzman, Leo Spitzer, and Barry Scherr. And to those who have chaired the program...

  • Cold War(m) Jewish Russian Folk Fusion

    Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:00 pm, Hopkins Center (Top of the HOP),

    Psoy Korolenko and Polina Shepard

    Description: Neo-cabaret bringing together avant-garde & folklore, authentic & postmodern Klezmer, Russian & Soviet Jewish song

    POLINA SHEPHERD: “The Robert...

  • 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...