THE CENTER FOR JEWISH STUDIES AT UC SANTA CRUZ

An intellectual and programming hub for public events, research projects,
and collaborations devoted to the exploration of Jewish culture and history

Ghetto: Jews, African Americans, and the Urban Imaginary

Since its inception in sixteenth century Venice, the term “ghetto” has been applied to Jewish urban spaces in Europe and the United States. Over the last half century, it has also become associated with African American inner city neighborhoods. Highly regulated and surveilled by the state, Jewish and African American ghettos have also been marked by a high degree of social autonomy.

Jewish Studies at Santa Cruz: On the Cutting Edge of Tradition

One of the most important achievements of Jewish studies at UC-Santa Cruz is the remarkable number of alumni who have become distinguished scholars of Jewish studies in their own right. This conference brought these alumni together with their former teachers from a variety of disciplines to discuss the impact of Santa Cruz on their intellectual development and research, as well as to explore the question of whether there is a distinctly Santa Cruz approach to Jewish Studies.

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