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UC Santa Cruz Launches New Legacy Course on the Holocaust with Coursera

By Scott Rappaport. UC Santa Cruz has launched a new version of its free online course, The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry, through the Coursera platform. The course was developed and is taught by professors Murray Baumgarten and Peter Kenez, based on their acclaimed UC Santa Cruz class that they taught in-person on campus for […]

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2015 Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards

It is with great enthusiasm that the Center for Jewish Studies announces that the following undergraduates have received Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards for the 2014-2015 year: Noah Barerra-Stanford, “Jewish Folk Medicine from the Baal Shem Tov to An-sky and Beyond”—drawing on primary sources in Yiddish, this paper demonstrated that the Hasidic movement, from its […]

2014 Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards

The winners of this year’s Jewish Undergraduate Research Awards include papers about cinema and the Holocaust, the philosophical fiction of Isaac Bashevis Singer, and the distinctive contribution of the filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen to the Jewish comic tradition. Elizabeth Ho, “Film and the Holocaust: The Mystery of Goodness”: Using Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List and […]

Professor Deutsch Receives Book Award

Professor Nathaniel Deutsch’s book The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement (Harvard University Press, 2011), has received the 2013 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in the category of Social Science, Anthropology, and Folklore. The book offers the first complete translation of a little known but invaluable ethnographic questionnaire–and the story of an ambitious attempt […]

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Celebration of Two New Jewish Studies Books November 13

By Scott Rappaport UCSC’s Center for Jewish Studies and University Library will present a celebration of two new books on Jewish Studies–featuring emeritus history professor Peter Kenez; professor of English and comparative literature Murray Baumgarten; and librarian Lee Jaffe–on Wednesday, November 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at UCSC’s Stevenson College (Silverman Conference Room) The authors and […]

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UCSC’s first online course draws 18K students

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports on USCS’s first online course. UC Santa Cruz’s first free course offered on the online Coursera platform has drawn more 18,000 participants, exceeding expectations by instructors of the 10-week literature and history class on the Holocaust. “I’m a great believer and am happy this is going on,” said professor Peter […]

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UCSC to receive $500,000 in support of endowed chair in Jewish Studies

The University of California, Santa Cruz, has announced a major new gift to support the campus’s Jewish Studies Program. By Scott Rappaport. The Helen Diller Family will contribute $500,000 toward the establishment of a new Baumgarten Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies. A previous gift from the Dillers in 1997 established the Helen Diller Family Endowment […]

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2013 Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards

It is with great enthusiasm that the Center for Jewish Studies announces that the following undergraduates have received Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards for the 2012-2013 year. Jessica Gala, “Creation and Love: Where They Meet in the Hidden World of Women”: This comparative study of Rebecca Goldstein’s Mazel and Isaac Bashevis Singer’s The Slave uncovers […]

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Leviathan Celebrates a Gargantuan Feat

The student-run Jewish journal, which turns 40 this year, ranks among the longest-running Jewish-themed campus publications in the country.   Imagine how hard it would be to publish a respected quarterly magazine with a 100 percent turnover rate every three or four years, and keep it going for four decades. The students of UC Santa […]