Anna Sapir Abulafia: “Doing the King’s Service: The Jews in Medieval Europe”

  October 8, 2010 | 5:30-6:30 PM | Free & Open to the Public Humanities 1 Building, Room 202, UC Santa Cruz Directions and Parking Information Dr. Anna Sapir Abulafia is a specialist in Jewish-Christian relations in the European Middle Ages at the Lucy Cavendish College at the University of Cambridge. Her publications include: Christians […]

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 […]

David Biale: “Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought”

May 10, 2010
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Cowell 131

David Biale, the Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis, will deliver a public lecture entitled: “Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought.” He will discuss Zionism as a movement of Jewish secularism and its roots in the tradition of Jewish secular thought going back to Spinoza.

Harriet Murav: “Poetry After Kerch: Representing Jewish Mass Death in the Soviet Union”

Why was there no Holocaust in Soviet Russia? There were killings, but the killings did not take on the same meaning as in the West, where the Holocaust emerged as a unique and paradigmatic set of events. Official Soviet history is part of the reason for the absence of the Holocaust in the former Soviet Union. The term “Holocaust” itself did not have broad currency in the West during the 40s and it was not used in Russian until the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s. Nonetheless, Soviet literature, almost completely neglected by scholars and critics, confronts the impossible history of the destruction of the Jews, but not in the same terms as Holocaust literature in the West.