Past Events


Dr. Eric Welch gives lecture on the recent excavations in Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel

Woodruff Room, Kansas Union
Friday, November 13, 4:00pm

KU Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Dr. Eric Welch, shares the latest on the excavations taking place at Tell es-Safi, Israel. Tell es-Safi has been identified as the biblical city of Gath, the hometown of the Philistine champion Goliath.  Come and discover how excavation is conducted in Israel and how “biblical archaeology” has matured over the years.


KU Archaeological Exhibition: Goliath's Hometown

Kansas Union Gallery, Level 4
November 9 - 23, 2015
Reception: Friday November 13, 4:00-6:00pm

See photos from the excavation site in Tell es-Safi, or the Biblical City of Gath, a study abroad program lead by Dr. Eric Welch. Gallery hours are M-F 9am-6pm.


The KU Jewish Studies Program hosts the 27th Annual Conference of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association

October 18th and 19th (Sunday and Monday)
The Eldridge Hotel and the Eldridge Extended

This annual conference brings together aspiring and established scholars of Jewish Studies. 

Detailed information can be found on our website here: http://jewishstudies.ku.edu/2015-mjsa-conference

More information can also be found on the Midwest Jewish Studies Association's website: http://midwestjewishstudies.com/home/event/2015mjsaconference


Jewish Studies Graduation Reception

Wednesday, May 6th, 4:00-5:30pm
Kansas Union, Centennial (6th floor)

A celebration for our Jewish Studies students, faculty and staff.  All are welcome!


Discussion and Q&A with Dr. Gal Levy on Israel's recent elections

Wednesday, April 29th, 3:30-5:00pm
Kansas Union, Governors (5th floor)

Join Dr. Gal Levy, Visiting Israeli Professor in Jewish Studies, as he leads a discussion and Q&A on Israel's recent election outcome.


See/Saw Film Festival featuring "Dancing in Jaffa" and panel discussion with Dr. Gal Levy, Visiting Israeli Professor in Jewish Studies

"Dancing in Jaffa" screening: Saturday, April 25, 12:00-2:00pm
Lawrence Public Library, Auditorium

See/Saw Film Festival centers on exhibiting, disrupting and renegotiating constructions of children and young people who come from historically underserved and marginalized backgrounds. It takes place in the Lawrence Public Library from April 24-April 26.

For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion, teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. The film explores the complex stories of three children, all of whom who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy.

More information can be found here: http://seesawfilmfest.com/


Film screening: "The Flat"

Wednesday, April 16, 6:30pm
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

A Holocaust Remembrance Day Event.
In his award-winning, emotionally riveting documentary, THE FLAT, Goldfinger follows the hints his grandparents left behind to investigate long-buried family secrets and unravels the mystery of their painful past. The result is a moving family portrait and an insightful look at the ways different generations deal with the memory of the Holocaust.

More information can be found here: http://honors.ku.edu/film-documentary-screenings


"The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw: A new approach to the history of Jews in Poland" with Antony Polonsky

Monday, March 23rd, 7:00pm
Kansas Union, Malott (6th floor)

Antony Polonsky is the Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University specializing in Near Eastern and Judaic studies. He is a leading expert on Polish-Jewish history, and the editor of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry. He is the author of many significant historical books and articles on Jewish history including the acclaimed three-volume work, The Jews in Poland and Russia.

For more information please see http://crees.ku.edu/event/66702


Tenth Annual Paul Rehak Symposium on Ancient Art with Professor John Younger

Tuesday, March 24th, 2:00-5:00pm
Hall Center for the Humanities, Conference Hall

John Younger, Professor of Classics and the Academic Director of Jewish Studies will participate in the Tenth Annual Paul Rehak Symposium of Ancient Art.  His lecture is called "A 4000 Year Old Pottery Workshop on Crete: Making Pottery Then, Thinking Pottery Now." This year the annual Rehak Symposium will feature presentations by scholars noted for their contributions to our understanding of the excavations of archaeologist Harriet Boyd. Other speakers include Susan Hueck Allen and Leslie Preston Day.


The Sixth Annual Mid-America Humanities Conference

March 26-27
Time and location TBA

Robots, Automatons, and Cyborgs: Technology and the Humanities.  The Mid-America Humanities Conference offers an interdisciplinary venue for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research.  This year's theme explores what it means to be human in an era of fast-paced technological advances.

Conference website: http://hwc.ku.edu/mid-america-humanities-conference


Meet the Speaker: Deborah Lipstadt

Wednesday, March 11, 3:30-5:00pm
Kansas Union, Alcove G

Lecture to follow, Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00pm in Big 12

Meet Deborah Lipstadt before her lecture on the reemergence of Anti-Semitism in the West at 7pm in Big 12 (5th floor, Kansas Union).  Deborah Lipstadt is a historian and author of the books Denying the Holocaust and The Eichmann Trial. She was an historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and was appointed by President Clinton to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.  She is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University.

On March 11th, the University Daily Kansan featured an article and interview with Deborah Lipstadt: view the article here!

Meet the Speaker: Ari Shavit

Wednesday, March 4, 3:30-5:00pm
Kansas Union, Alcove G

Lecture to follow, Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30pm in Budig 130

Meet Ari Shavit before his lecture at 7:30pm in Budig 130. Ari Shavit is the author of the critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestseller My Promised Land: the Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. An outspoken columnist for Haaretz, Israel’s newspaper of record, and a prominent commentator on Israeli Public Television, Shavit has become one of the strongest voices in the nation’s public arena. He challenges the dogmas of both Right and Left with his unique insights into the roles of Israel and Zionism in the 21st century.

On March 4th The University Daily Kansan featured an article and interview with Ari Shavit: view the article here!

Global Food for Thought with Professor John Younger: "A 4000 Year Old Pottery Workshop on Crete: Making Pottery Then, Thinking Pottery Today"

Wednesday, March 4, 12:00pm
Bailey 318

Global Food for Thought: Lunchtime Lecture series presented by The Center for Global & International Studies with John Younger, Professor of Classics and Academic Director of Jewish Studies.

Since 2011, Younger has been excavating a huge Minoan pottery workshop in East Crete dating to about 1800 BCE.  The last digging season was in 2014; now Younger and his team are studying the objects they excavated.  Younger will discuss his goal of reconstructing, step by step, the process of making pottery 4000 years ago.


Experience of Palestinians in Israel with author and journalist Sayed Kashua

Monday, March 2
Screening two episodes of TV series Arab Labor at 3:30 and 4:00pm, Kansas Union, Malott Room (6th floor)
Lecture: 4:30-5:30pm, Kansas Union, Malott Room (6th floor)
Book signing to follow the lecture in the Traditions Area (4th floor)

Sayed Kashua is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, author, and journalist born in Tira, Israel, known for his books and humorous columns in Hebrew. Kashua is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs , Let it Be Morning, and Second Person Singular. He is the writer and creator of the hit Israeli TV show “Arab Labor”, and is the focus of the documentary Forever Scared. His novel Dancing Arabs has been made into a feature film, and premiered in 2014 at the Telluride Film Festival. Kashua is the winner of many awards, including the prestigious Berstein Prize.


Information Session: Fall 2015 Jewish Studies course offeringsWednesday, February 25, 3:30-4:30pm

Kansas Union, Big 12 Room (5th floor)

Meet Jewish Studies faculty and take a look at the Jewish Studies course offerings for Fall 2015.


KU Chabad hosts celebration for the completion of the KU Torah

Sunday, February 22

Join Hundreds of KU Parents, Alumni, Students and Friends for this very special event! Parade with live music, gala lunch celebration, live performance with renowned Cantor Aryeh Hurwitz and greetings from the KU Chancellor.  More information can be found here:

https://jewishku.com/torah/

The University Daily Kansan published an article on the dedication of the Torah scroll: view the article here!


Jewish Studies Spring Gathering!

 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
4:00-5:30 PM
Kansas Union, Traditions Area (4th floor near lobby)
All are welcome! Light refreshments served.


State of Kansas Holocaust Commemoration Service

Monday, April 28 - 1:00 pm
Kansas State Historical Museum
6425 SW 6th St.
Topeka, Kansas

The State of Kansas will again host a Holocaust Commemoration Service, with the theme, “Confronting the Holocaust”. Keynote speaker will be Benoit Westly, President and CEO of Xelat Group, the Netherlands. Mr. Wesly, whose brother perished in the Holocaust, is a leader of the Netherlands’ Jewish community and an honorary consul of the State of Israel. He will speak on, “Did We Learn From the Holocaust?” Holocaust proclamation will be given by Governor Sam Brownback, with participation by Kansas clergy, political leaders and students. Holocaust survivors, WWII veterans and children of survivors will be recognized. This service is free and open to the public. A reception sponsored by the Kansas State Holocaust Commission will follow the service. For more information, call 785 272-6040.


"Canaanites, Philistines, and others at Tell es-Safi/Gath - The Hometown of Biblical Goliath"

Aren Maeir, Professor of Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)
Tuesday, April 22 - 4:00-5:30 pm
Kansas Union, Jayhawk Room (5th floor)
Free and Open to the Public

Aren Maeir's primary professional focus is the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project (for which he is the director), a long-term, multinational excavation of one of the largest ancient sites in the Land of Israel, a site that is identified as "Gath of the Philistines," home of Goliath (see the project blog at http://gath.wordpress.com). The finds from this excavation have been quite extraordinary, including the earliest-known siege system in the world, the so-called Goliath Inscription, well-preserved destruction layers with rich finds, and a large stone altar reminiscent of the altar in the biblical description of the Tabernacle (mentioned in Exodus 30), which received the attention of the world press.


Annual Mid-America Humanities Conference

April 3-4, 2014

Film Screening: "Some of My Best Friends are Zionists"
April 3rd, 12:00-1:30
Kansas Union, Jayhawk Room
Film screening, brown-bag lunch and Q&A with director Bruce Robbins (Columbia University)

The film interviews both young people like Jesse and notable Jewish artists and intellectuals like Tony Kushner, Judith Butler, James Schamus, and Gary Shteyngart, asking them what they were told about Israel as they were growing up, why that world view was as compelling as it was, and how they came to change their minds.

Keynote Address and 2013-2014 Peace and Conflict Studies Annual Lecture: "Blue Water: Inhumanity in Deep Time”
April 3rd, 4:00-5:30, Alderson Auditorium
Bruce Robbins, Columbia University


An Israeli former senior official on Arab affairs will discuss current and future implications of turbulence in the Middle East during the 2014 Diplomat’s Forum lecture this week at the University of Kansas School of Law.

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“Decades of unrest and growing tensions have finally erupted in The Arab Awakening,” said Melamed, a former intelligence official. “The turbulence is rocking the Arab and Muslim world and generating changes across the region.”

Fluent in Arabic, Melamed is the founder and creator of Feenjan – Israel Speaks Arabic, a nonprofit initiative that presents contemporary Israeli society and culture to the Arab world in Arabic and serves as an online platform for Israelis and Arabs to discover and discuss issues of common interest.

Melamed has authored two books, “Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Rule in East Jerusalem” (Harvard University Press) and “Ubrusi,” a novel. He is a frequent guest on English and Arabic networks, including Al Jazeera, BBC Arabic and i24news.

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An Israeli former senior official on Arab affairs will discuss current and future implications of turbulence in the Middle East during the 2014 Diplomat’s Forum lecture this week at the University of Kansas School of Law.

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“Decades of unrest and growing tensions have finally erupted in The Arab Awakening,” said Melamed, a former intelligence official. “The turbulence is rocking the Arab and Muslim world and generating changes across the region.”

Fluent in Arabic, Melamed is the founder and creator of Feenjan – Israel Speaks Arabic, a nonprofit initiative that presents contemporary Israeli society and culture to the Arab world in Arabic and serves as an online platform for Israelis and Arabs to discover and discuss issues of common interest.

Melamed has authored two books, “Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Rule in East Jerusalem” (Harvard University Press) and “Ubrusi,” a novel. He is a frequent guest on English and Arabic networks, including Al Jazeera, BBC Arabic and i24news.

- See more at: www.news.ku.edu/middle-east-expert-discuss-implications-regional-unrest-...">http://www.news.ku.edu/middle-east-expert-discuss-implications-regional-...

An Israeli former senior official on Arab affairs will discuss current and future implications of turbulence in the Middle East during the 2014 Diplomat’s Forum lecture this week at the University of Kansas School of Law.

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“Decades of unrest and growing tensions have finally erupted in The Arab Awakening,” said Melamed, a former intelligence official. “The turbulence is rocking the Arab and Muslim world and generating changes across the region.”

Fluent in Arabic, Melamed is the founder and creator of Feenjan – Israel Speaks Arabic, a nonprofit initiative that presents contemporary Israeli society and culture to the Arab world in Arabic and serves as an online platform for Israelis and Arabs to discover and discuss issues of common interest.

Melamed has authored two books, “Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Rule in East Jerusalem” (Harvard University Press) and “Ubrusi,” a novel. He is a frequent guest on English and Arabic networks, including Al Jazeera, BBC Arabic and i24news.

- See more at: www.news.ku.edu/middle-east-expert-discuss-implications-regional-unrest-...">http://www.news.ku.edu/middle-east-expert-discuss-implications-regional-...

Film Screening: "One Day After Peace"

April 2nd, 5:30 pm
Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium

Can the means used to resolve conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? Robi Damelin, born in South Africa during the apartheid era, loses her son who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country's Truth and Reconciliation Committee's efforts in overcoming years of enmity. Robi's thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible. The screening will be followed by a discussion.


2014 Diplomat's Forum - KU School of Law

"The Middle East Winds of Change and Quicksand – The Arab Awakening, Israel and the Region”
Avi Melamed, the Rosenzwog Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs for the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, March 27, 4:00 pm
Stinson Leonard Street LLP Lecture Hall, 104 Green Hall
The lecture is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow the event.  

An Israeli former senior official on Arab affairs will discuss current and future implications of turbulence in the Middle East.

“Decades of unrest and growing tensions have finally erupted in The Arab Awakening,” said Melamed, a former intelligence official. “The turbulence is rocking the Arab and Muslim world and generating changes across the region.” Fluent in Arabic, Melamed is the founder and creator of Feenjan – Israel Speaks Arabic, a nonprofit initiative that presents contemporary Israeli society and culture to the Arab world in Arabic and serves as an online platform for Israelis and Arabs to discover and discuss issues of common interest. Melamed has authored two books, “Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Rule in East Jerusalem” (Harvard University Press) and “Ubrusi,” a novel. He is a frequent guest on English and Arabic networks, including Al Jazeera, BBC Arabic and i24news.


Study in Israel Information Session

Thursday, February 13
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
4th Floor, Kansas Union, Traditions Area


Study Abroad Fair

Tuesday, February 11
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
4th Floor, Kansas Union