At the Center for Jewish Studies, we are dedicated to exploring the important questions about Jewish history and culture from antiquity to the modern age. Our acclaimed faculty, path-breaking research, expanding undergraduate program, and focus on deepening ties within the University attest to the success and ongoing promise of our mission: to foster a new understanding of Jewish culture and history.
We support the academic study of the historical, cultural, linguistic, ethnic, geographic, and religious diversity of the full range of peoples who identify themselves as Jewish, while fulfilling the educational mission of the liberal arts to promote critical thought, reflection on values, and analysis of sources.
Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933-1941) is a collaborative community effort to share information about the unique experiences of Jewish refugees during World War II.The cornerstone of this project is a historical exhibit curated by the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. The exhibit has been enhanced with additional stories from four "Shanghailanders" with deep Minnesota connections. The exhibit runs from March 19-May 7, 2015 at the Sabes JCC, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55416. For more information, go to the Confucius Institute website: confucius.umn.edu(Continue Reading)02/23/15
Our friends at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies have downloaded audio of the recent Charlie Hebdo symposium "Can One Laugh at Everything? Satire and Free Speech After Charlie." The post also contains informative visuals provided by two of the speakers. The symposium continues to resonate on and off campus, and we encourage you to check out the CHGS site.(Continue Reading)02/16/15
A lecture by Josh Lambert, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Monday, March 2, 2015 @ 7:30 P.M.
Shir Tikvah Congregation
1360 W. Minnehaha Pkwy.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
This event is free and open to the public
The turn of the millennium saw a remarkable boom in the production of Jewish literature in the United States. A generation of young writers including Nathan Englander, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Safran Foer, Dara Horn, Gary Shteyngart, and Nicole Krauss quickly achieved a level of national celebrity and critical acclaim in a way that seemed to echo a similar development in the mid-20th century, when Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Grace Paley, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Cynthia Ozick collectively rose to national prominence. Why did this sort of fiction attract so much attention, once again, particularly at the dawn of the 21st century? What do these writers' works tell us about Jewish life in our time?
Josh Lambert is the Academic Director of the Yiddish Book Center and Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide, and Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture, which won a Canadian Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought and Culture. Lambert serves as contributing editor to Tablet, as well as contributing book reviews and essays to the Los Angeles Times, Haaretz, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Globe & Mail, and the Forward.
This series is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Julia K. & Harold Segall.
Co-sponsored by the Department of English; Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, and Shir Tikvah Congregation.(Continue Reading)10/30/14