|Among the oldest of academic interdisciplinary studies, dating back to the 19th century, Jewish studies explores Judaism, the Jewish people and culture, and their role in the shaping of human experience. The subject matter of Jewish studies makes it relevant to every department and program in the humanities and social sciences. The breadth of Jewish studies is extensive, with a strong foundation in biblical scholarship and the ancient world combined with more recent study of European, American, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern history. It can involve the study of almost every discipline -- religion, literature, folklore, sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, philosophy, modern and ancient languages, art, music, film and theatre, law, social welfare, and women's, cultural, and American studies. Jewish studies can benefit students exploring their own identity or pursuing an interest in Western civilization. Jewish studies prepares students for graduate school; for careers in Jewish agencies, federations, and community centers or for pre-professional training. The Jewish studies minor can be readily integrated with several KU majors and programs, such as American studies, English, history, or religious studies.||
Marc Chagall, "Benjamin," stain glass window for the synagogue at Hebrew University's Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, 1962.
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Message from the New Director
2012-2013 continues to be a banner year for Jewish Studies. A change in leadership led to Jewish Studies being taken under the wing of the Center for Global and International Studies, and this has led to a streamlining of our budget and course schedulings -- and it has given us a raft of new resources and personal support.
I was invited to take on the directorship of Jewish Studies in the Fall 2012, and although I didn't start formally as the new Academic Director of the Jewish Studies Program on January 1, 2013, I was so excited about the opportunities for growth in this program that I actually began working for it back in November. I write this on January 14, but we already have a new Program Assistant, Brandi Miller, who comes to us from KUMC with loads of experience. We have new, improved offices on 4th floor Wescoe (Wescoe 4028-4031), all freshly painted! I'm designing a new website (this will take a while -- so, patience!). The faculty and I are consulting about program revisions, especially to the minor, with new courses. And we're making plans for study abroad opportunities in Israel to begin in Spring 2014 with an archaeological tour slated for May-June 2014 (that'll be with me!).
Keep checking us out -- we're up and running!
John Younger, Professor of Classics
Come meet with Jewish Studies faculty and fellow students to celebrate the closing of a succesful year!
Tuesday, May 7 - 4:00-5:30 - 329 Blake Hall
Senior KS Citizens: interested in taking Hebrew or Yiddish?
Fees & Tuition waived for senior KS citizens KS citizens who register as a "non-degree seeking" student may have their fees waived.
In addition, those students who are over 60 years of age may have their tuition waived.
THEN, contact Shelley Rissien for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Jewish Studies students Michael Lebovitz and Maggie Boyles on being awarded FLAS Fellowships!
Michael will be studying Yiddish in New York City this summer and Maggie will be studying either Hebrew or Yiddish (she was awarded both!) for the next academic year (2013-2014).
This is the first time Yiddish has been awarded at KU and we wish them well!
Professor's new book on Jewish theatre in Nazi Germany
Congratulations to Professor Rebecca Rovit on the publication of her book "The Jewish Kulturbund Theatre Company in Nazi Berlin." For more information on the book and her research, click here.