Alumni Profile: Ian Kussin-Gika

2018 UC Santa Cruz Alumnus Ian Kussin Gika is currently finishing his first year of Graduate school at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, in Monterey, CA, where he is studying International relations, nonproliferation, and terrorism studies. Prior to this path of study, Ian double majored in Linguistics and History at UC Santa Cruz.

Samuel Torjman Thomas

Layali Morocco: Jewish Songlines & Soundscapes: Event Recap

On January 9, 2020, The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz hosted ASEFA, led by ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist Samuel Torjman Thomas, Ph.D. Blending vocals, oud, violin, nay, and plenty of percussion, with songs in Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, and Ladino, this trio ensemble traversed several North African song traditions.

Call For The Diarna Fellowship

Call for UCSC Summer Fellowship 2020

Now accepting applications for Summer 2020 Fellowship at Diarna! Apply by May 8, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Diarna: Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life, pioneers the use of digital mapping and database technologies to virtually preserve and ensure untrammeled access to endangered Jewish heritage sites throughout the region.

Amanda Botfeld

Alumni Profile: Amanda Botfeld

2015 UCSC Jewish Studies alumna and author of A Girl’s Guide to Poker. Amanda Botfeld recalls how her undergraduate experiences impacted her professional career. She has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and Los Angeles Times. 

February 12, 2020 // “Free Men” Film Screening

Free Men (French: Les hommes libres) is a 2011 French film written and directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi, which recounts the largely untold story about the role that Algerian and other North African Muslims in Paris played in the French resistance and as rescuers of Jews during the German occupation (1940–1944).

Alumni Profile: Avery Weinman

Spring 2019 History Major and Jewish Studies Minor, Avery Weinman, reflects on her time at UC Santa Cruz, as well as studying abroad in Israel.