Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies

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  • POSTPONED TILL FALL 2020 - Marc Caplan (Taube Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wroclaw)  

    The Smoke of Civilization: Ecological Apocalypse in Modern Yiddish Literature

    Watson Hall rm 517 @ 4:00 pm 

  • Dr William Morrow, School of Religion - Arguing with God: A Jewish Tradition

  • Religion and the Alt-Right Conference

    Over the last few years, incidents of anti-Judaism and Islamophobia have been on the rise in North America, fueled by the rise of the so-called "alt-right." Come hear a discussion of how to think about these trying times by our panelists, Dr. Ashley Passmore (Texas A&M), Dr. Joyce Smith (Ryerson), and Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam (Queen's) Oct 17th at 3:30pm Kingston Hall Rm 101

  • Dr. Francesca Trivellato, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton
    Department of History Seminar Series and Jewish Studies
    The Threat of Jewish Invisibility—Medieval, Early Modern, Modern

  • Dr. Schedrin examining a scroll

    Dr. Vassili Schedrin examining and cataloging a collection of historic Torah scroll at the Rare book and manuscripts division of the Regional Research Library, Nizhnii Novgorod, Russia, 2014.

  • Lecture at the Workshop on Hebrew books and manuscripts, The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow, 2014.


Welcome to Jewish Studies.

Jewish civilization has a recorded history of 4,000 years.  With texts spanning from the Hebrew Scriptures to post-modern writing, Jewish literature can be found in many languages.  While located in many civilizations, Jews have been most intimately involved with those of the West and the Middle East.  Studying Jews and Judaism in these contexts provides students with insight into the complexities of culture and identity.  A minor in Jewish studies well complements many majors in the humanities and enhances concentrations in the sciences. 

Public lectures, special programs, and visiting scholars enhance Jewish studies courses and provide opportunities for the entire campus and community. To discuss your needs and interests, please contact the Director of the Jewish Studies Program.