Iraqi-Born Israeli Bringing Jewish Mid-East Music to UCSC

International composer, violinist, oud player, and singer Yair Dalal to present concert and lecture on campus, February 2-3, 2012. “Living in Conflict” is a recent documentary film about five Israeli Jewish and Palestinian people, who use art, science, music and poetry as a way of surviving conflict in a region full of constant tension, violence, […]

New Book Sheds Light on Survival of Jewish Culture

Art exhibition to celebrate publication at UCSC’s Cowell gallery Sept. 27-Oct. 11   By Scott Rappaport. By the early 1900’s, over 40 percent of the world’s Jews lived within the borders of the Russian empire. For more than a century, this large Jewish population was restricted to a region called the Pale of Settlement, where they […]

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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 […]

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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.