As the director of the Center for Jewish Studies, it is my pleasure to welcome Nitzan Gilady, 2018 Silverberg Distinguished Scholar in Residence. Nitzan’s beautiful film Wedding Doll, inaugurated last year’s 10th Annual Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival and was introduced by Professor Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies. Professor Gilady will teach an exciting new … Read moreCenter for Jewish Studies Welcomes Nitzan Gilady
Jessie Cohen, Archaeological Collections Manager at Wesleyan University, hosted a visit by Professor Greenblatt’s History 247, Jewish History: From Biblical Israel to Diaspora Jews class. Students examined ancient Near Eastern coins related to places and times they have studied in class. The coins include, for example, one of Antiochus IV, villain of the Hanukkah story. … Read moreStudents of the Center for Jewish Studies Visit the Archaeological Collections at Wesleyan University
Magda Teter’s book, Sinners on Trial: Jews and Sacrilege after the Reformation (Harvard University Press) has received an Honorable Mention in the Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History category of the 2014 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards. The Schnitzer Book Award was established in 2007 to recognize and promote outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish … Read moreFaculty book receives Honorable Mention
We have exciting news regarding the latest developments in Jewish Studies at Wesleyan. Just a couple of weeks ago the Administration approved our proposal to create a Center for Jewish Studies at Wesleyan. The Center will administer the current Certificate for Jewish and Israel Studies. It will also be the official home to and sponsor … Read moreThe Center for Jewish Studies
Another summer is gone and a new academic year has begun. As always, it will be an exciting year, with classes, and events to look forward to. First some news. Professor Dalit Katz has agreed to serve as the interim director of JIS this year, while Professor Magda Teter on sabbatical working on her next … Read moreWelcome back!
After a very busy semester of Jewish and Israel Studies events, our almost last event is on Sunday, May 8: Mogulesco-A Tale of the Yiddish Theater, a production of Music 297 class, written by Mark Slobin, directed by Joshua Margolin ’11, music direction by Amanda Scherbenske.With student and faculty actors. Location : World Music … Read moreMogulesco-A Tale of the Yiddish Theater
A new book by Professor Magda Teter has just been released by Harvard University Press: Sinners on Trial: Jews and Sacrilege after the Reformation. From Harvard’s website: “In post-Reformation Poland—the largest state in Europe and home to the largest Jewish population in the world—the Catholic Church suffered profound anxiety about its power after the Protestant … Read moreNew Book by Professor Magda Teter
Professor Magda Teter’s piece commenting on Sarah Palin’s use of the term “blood libel” in the aftermath of the Arizona shootings places “blood libel” in historical context. The piece “Putting ‘Blood Libel’ in Historical Context” has been published at the Harvard University Press Blog.
After more than 40 years at Wesleyan. Professor Jeremy Zwelling is retiring this year. When Professor Zwelling arrived at Wesleyan in 1967, the University, like many others in the country, had no program in Jewish Studies. The field as a whole was just beginning to develop. The Association for Jewish Studies (the AJS) was not … Read moreJeremy Zwelling Retires
Two Jewish and Israel Studies faculty have been appointed to named chairs. Mark Slobin has been appointed the Richard K. Winslow Professor of Music. Slobin is an ethnomusicologist whose research interests span the music of Afghanistan and central Asia, the music of eastern European Jews in Europe and North America, general theory of ethnomusicology, and … Read moreSlobin and Teter Appointed to Endowed Named Chairs