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2011 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 2010-2011 year: Zachary Ragent, “Providence and Personality: How and Why the Lubavitchers of the Chabad Student Center Experience Santa Cruz” Nathan Brown, “By the Rivers of Babylon: The Near Eastern […]

Searching for Yiddish Land

Searching for Yiddish Land

Teachers, students, and scholars weigh the value of Yiddish in the Modern Age   In a small classroom hidden at the end of the hall on the first floor of UC Santa Cruz’s social sciences building, six students and their instructor struggle to say,“I like the weather today”in Yiddish. It sounds simple, but several students […]

women, jews and venetians

Jewish Studies Conference Set for UC Santa Cruz

A conference designed to highlight the role women have played in the forging of Italian Jewish identity will take place May 22-24, on the UC Santa Cruz campus. Titled “Women, Jews, Venetians,” the event is sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies of the University of California, Santa Cruz, the UCSC Literature Department, the Museo Italo-Americano […]

Prof. Dorian Bell

Professor Dorian Bell awarded Malcolm Bowie Prize

Professor Dorian Bell has been awarded the Malcolm Bowie Prize for the best article in French studies published in 2009 by an early- career scholar. This prize is given by the Society for French Studies; the article is “The Jew as Model: Anti-Semitism, Aesthetics, and Epistemology in the Goncourt Brothers’ Manette Salomon,” Modern Language Notes […]

Nathaniel Deutsch

Nathaniel Deutsch Appointed as IHR Director

Nathaniel Deutsch appointed as the director of the Institute for Humanities Research Nathaniel Deutsch is an American religious scholar. He is a specialist in Judaism, Gnosticism, and early Christianity and is on the faculty of University of California, Santa Cruz. He attended the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. as well as his […]

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UCSC Approves New Major in Jewish Studies

Students at UC Santa Cruz will now have the opportunity to work toward a B.A. degree in Jewish Studies, beginning this fall. The Jewish Studies major will provide knowledge of Jewish thought, literature, art, and history–with classes taught by faculty across the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences divisions. UC Santa Cruz dean of humanities Georges […]

Music of Modern Israel

Avi Tchamni: Music of Modern Israel Course

The development of art and popular music in Israel, the complexity of national identity inherent in the study of immigrant and refugee societies, and the power struggle between the different forces involved in the process: the state and its institutions, the people, and the outside world.

Jim Joseph Foundation

Jim Joseph Teaching Fellowship

The Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce that following a national competition, it has received a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation to fund a two-year long teaching fellowship in Jewish studies.

Book Review: Varieties of Anti-Semitism

Historian Victor Tcherikover used to say that there are few phenomena in history that have a history of 2,000 years. Antisemitism is one of those phenomena.