Since its inception in 2001, the Duke-UNC Seminar on Jewish Studies has gained a reputation as one of the more acclaimed intellectual meeting grounds in the area, bringing together faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars who discuss various aspects of Jewish history and culture. Monthly meetings discuss current work by either seminar members or internationally renowned guests, the papers distributed in advance for all to read. Scholars from throughout North Carolina attend, and the seminar has become the major venue for scholarly interaction among the Triangle’s Jewish Studies scholars. Presently coordinated with the UNC public lecture series, the seminar is a pillar of Judaic Studies at Duke and UNC, enriching the scholarly climate in the area and strengthening the various programs in the local universities by offering a stimulating and exciting forum for academic engagement in the study of Judaism.
The next meeting of the 2014-2015 Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar is Monday, October 27. Professor Dan Michman is Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. He is also Professor of Modern Jewish History and Chair of the Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University.
Professor Michman will lead a discussion on his chapter, “The Jewish Dimension of the Holocaust in Dire Straits? Current Challenges of Interpretation and Scope.”
The next meeting of the 2014-2015 Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar is Sunday, November 16. Professor Shaul Stampfer is a professor in the Department of History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Professor Stampfer will lead a discussion on “A forgotten anniversary or why was counting Jews so important?”
In his talk, Professor Stampfer will discuss the attitudes of Jews to censuses, the background to the 1764 census of the Jews of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and some of the consequences of this census. He will also try to deal with a point that deserves attention: how accurate was the census.
Paper available | JSS-Stampfer | Click here to download.
The next meeting of the 2014-2015 Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar is Sunday, January 25, 2015. Elissa Bemporad is Associate Professor of History and the Jerry and William Ungar professor in Eastern European Jewish History and the Holocaust at Queens College of the City University of New York.
Additional details about Professor Bemporad’s talk will be provided soon.
The next meeting of the 2014-2015 Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar is Sunday, February 8, 2015. Edward Fram is Senior Lecturer in the History Department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His area of interest is in the history of Jewish culture in Eastern Europe in the pre-modern age, with a focus on the history of Jewish law and how it was adapted to face new situations.
Additional details about Professor Fram’s talk will be provided soon.
The next meeting of the 2014-2015 Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar is Sunday, March 22, 2015. Professor Eitan Bar-Yosef from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is a literary scholar and cultural historian specializing in Victorian Studies and in Postcolonialism. His research interests include postcolonial studies, the British Empire, and Israel Studies.
Additional details about Professor Bar-Yosef’s talk will be provided soon.
The next meeting of the 2014-2015 Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar is Sunday, April 19, 2015. Dana Kaplan is the rabbi of Congregation Shaare Shalom, the United Congregation of Israelites, in Kingston, Jamaica. He teaches Judaism at the United Theological College of the University of the West Indies. He holds a Ph.D. in American Jewish History from Tel Aviv University, where he studied with Professor Lloyd Gartner, and also has rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem.
Additional details about Professor Kaplan’s talk will be provided soon.
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