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Jewish Studies

A welcome from the Director

Welcome to Jewish Studies!

The Taube Center for Jewish Studies offers an interdisciplinary program for the study and understanding of Jewish cultures, literatures, languages, religion, politics, and history.

In 2016-17, one of our main themes is “Jewish Engagement with the Arts: Word, Image, and Performance.” This focus reflects the continued expansion of our intellectual community as we connect with faculty in a range of programs and departments whose work is devoted to Jewish culture. Traditionally, Jewish studies has been anchored in history, religious studies, and literature departments. Our program is very strong in these areas, and we have added two new colleagues from literature departments to our community: Nancy Ruttenberg of the English department, who teaches a course on the Jewish novel, and Marie-Pierre Ulloa of the French and Italian department, who works on North-African (Maghrebi) literature and culture. I am also very excited to welcome two colleagues to the Center’s affiliated faculty who expand the horizons of Jewish studies: Janice Ross of the Theatre and Performance Studies Department and Anna Schultz of the music department. With the support and guidance of Janice and Anna, we have co-sponsored events that broaden the reach of the Taube Center.

Jewish Studies offers various opportunities for students to be involved. Along with events such as the ones mentioned above, there are awards and prizes for students interested the following:

  • research focusing on contemporary Jewish life
  • essays written in Hebrew
  • short stories written on a Jewish theme
  • papers written on a Jewish them, and more specifically, work on the Holocaust
  • a service-learning fellowship for the summer

We encourage students interested in Jewish Studies to enroll in our courses, come to our events, and take advantage of our awards.

With best wishes,

Charlotte Fonrobert