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  • The Fall 2015 JWST Course List is Here!

    We've released our course list for Fall 2015! You can register for these classes at ONESTOP starting Monday the 23rd. We encourage you to look them over, and consider working with one of our world-class faculty in the fall. Feel free to contact us at jwst@umn.edu with any questions you may have. We'd also welcome the opportunity to talk with you about the Jewish Studies major and minor, and the Hebrew minor.

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    (Continue Reading)03/20/15
  • Jewish Refugees in Shanghai Exhibit Opening in March

    ellen-wiss-family.jpgJewish 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
  • "Can One Laugh at Everything?" Audio Available

    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
  • "(Polish) Gentiles Doing Jewish Stuff...and the Jews Who Love/Hate Them" - Erica Lehrer

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    A lecture by Erica Lehrer, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the departments of History and Sociology-Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal.

    Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 7:30 P.M.
    Beth Jacob Congregation
    1179 Victoria Curve
    Saint Paul, MN 55118

    Jewish heritage revival in Poland is a phenomenon that has attracted a great deal of attention and provoked many controversies. Described as the world's largest Jewish cemetery and the realm of "virtual Jewishness," Poland is a space where the non-Jewish interest in things Jewish has been looked upon with particular skepticism. American cultural anthropologist Erica Lehrer ventures into this territory, both fascinating and fraught with tension, giving a fresh glimpse into the backstage of the Jewish heritage industry.

    Erica Lehrer is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the departments of History and Sociology-Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal. She is the author of Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places (Indiana University Press 2013), and co-editor of Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland (Indiana University Press, 2014), and Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places (Palgrave 2010). As a curator, she produced the 2013 exhibit Souvenir, Talisman, Toy: Poland's Jewish Figurines in Kraków's Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum, and published the accompanying catalog Lucky Jews (Ha!Art 2014).

    This series is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Julia K. & Harold Segall.

    Co-sponsored by Department of Anthropology, Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Beth Jacob Congregation

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    (Continue Reading)10/31/14
  • Welcome Ido Zelkovitz, 2014-15 Schusterman Visiting Professor

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    The University of Minnesota received a grant from the Schusterman Foundation to invite
    an Israeli scholar to spend the academic year 2014-2015 with us. Professor Ido Zelkovitz
    is a Research Fellow with the Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at the
    University of Haifa, and is a lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern History and the
    Department of Multidisciplinary Studies. Dr. Zelkovitz was a postdoctoral research fellow inThe Institute of Sociology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany. Dr. Zelkovtiz is also a Member of Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies: an independent think tank that envisions a fresh start for Israel among the nations. His research, academic courses, and public lectures reflect a focus on cross-disciplinary analysis of Palestinian history and politics and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Israel's geopolitical situation in the Middle East and the role of Higher Education and students in building national identities in the Middle East. He is the author of two books and has been published in many academic journals such as Middle Eastern Studies, Israel Affairs, and Ha-Mizrah Ha-Hadash.

    While at the University of Minnesota, Prof. Zelkovitz will teach three courses, including a freshman seminar, "Wars, Memory, and Political Identity in Israel and the Middle East" in the Fall. He will also teach adult education courses at both the Minneapolis and St. Paul Jewish Community Centers.

    (Continue Reading)07/10/14

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