Jewish Studies Program at Michigan State University

 

Yael Aronoff - Michigan State Jewish Studies

FROM THE DIRECTOR, YAEL ARONOFF

 MSU’s Jewish Studies Program is very pleased to announce we will begin a job search this fall for the new William and Audrey Farber Family Chair in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History. This will be the first such chair in Michigan, and one of about twenty across the country. This teacher-scholar will be a joint appointment between James Madison College and the Department of History. The Farbers have committed $1.5 million and Michael and Elaine Serling have generously committed an additional $500,000 toward the endowment. The University requires that the endowment reach $3 million and we will fundraise the additional million dollars.

We are also pleased to announce that Ed Brill and his sister Leslie Van Brandt have donated $150,000 in memory of their brother Michael Brill to Jewish Studies. This gift will enable the MSU Library to contract with the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive (a Steven Spielberg project with over 50,000 survivor testimonies) for up to 10 years. This will be an incredible resource for faculty and students to conduct primary research. Only 25 American universities have such access.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR FALL SEMESTER 2015

Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 pm
James Madison Library, 322 South Case Hall
Guest Lecture
“Transboundary Environmental Cooperation between Israel and its Neighbors”
Alon Tal, MSU’s Visiting Serling Israeli Scholar, Ben Gurion University
Co-sponsored by James Madison College, RCAH, Peace and Justice Studies, and the Science, Technology, Environment, and Public Policy Program.

 

Friday, September 18, 10:00–11:30 am
Wells Hall B-342
Jewish Studies Faculty and Student Research Seminar
“Latin American Jewish Immigrants in the US”
Steven Gold, Department of Sociology, MSU
Co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology.

 

Friday, September 25, 12:30–2:00 pm
Wells B-342
Lunch with Jewish Studies Minors, Prospective Minors, and Jewish Studies Faculty

 

Monday, September 28, 7:00–8:30 pm
Case Hall, 3rd Floor, Club Spartan
Panel Discussion
“The Proposed Iran Nuclear Deal: Potential Impact on the US and the Middle East”
Panelists: Yael Aronoff (JMC faculty, Director of Jewish Studies, Serling Chair in Israel Studies), Sherman Garnett (Dean of JMC and professor, former government analyst for nuclear non-proliferation issues), and Russel Lucas (JMC faculty, Director of Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities. Muslim Studies faculty)
Co-sponsored by James Madison College, Muslim Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, and Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities Program.

 

Thursday, October 8, 12:00 noon
Law College, 3rd Floor, Castle Board Room
Guest Lecture
“Citizen Suits and Environmental Activism in Israel: What Happens When One Country Opened the Gates of its Courts Up to the Public”
Alon Tal, MSU’s Visiting Serling Israeli Scholar, Ben Gurion University
Co-sponsored with the College of Law and the Science, Technology, Environment, and Public Policy Program.

 

Friday, October 9, 10:00–11:30 am
Wells Hall B-342
Jewish Studies Faculty and Student Research Seminar
“Deploying Race against Assimilation: Horace Kallen Confronts Jews and America”
Matthew Kaufman, Department of Religious Studies, MSU
Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies.

 

Thursday, October 15, noon–6:00 pm
Breslin Center
Michigan State University Study Abroad Fair

 

Sunday, October 18, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
University Club of MSU, 3435 Forest Road, Lansing, MI
Fall Jewish Studies / Hadassah Brunch
“Israel and the Two-Level Game: Internal Changes, External Challenges”
Yuval Benziman, Israel Institute and Serling Visiting Israeli Scholar at MSU
Brunch is $22 per person in advance and $27 at the door. Checks made out to Hadassah should be sent to Sandy Goodman, 1441 Roxburgh Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823 by October 13, 2015. Your check is your receipt.

 

Sunday, October 18, 1:00–11:00 pm
Wells Hall B-122
11th Annual MSU Israeli Film Festival
Marc Bernstein, film festival coordinator
Co-sponsored by MSU Hillel Center, RCAH, the University Activities Board, the Department of Religious Studies, the Center for Gender in Global Context, and Peace and Justice Studies.

1:00 pm               Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem (2014), directed by Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz

3:30 pm               Paris on the Water (2014), directed by Hadas Ayalon

4:30 pm               Next to Her (2014), directed by Asaf Korman

6:00–7:00 pm     Free dinner catered by Woody’s for those attending the films.

7:00 pm               African Exodus (2014), directed by Brad Rothschild

Director Brad Rothschild will introduce his film and lead discussion afterward.

 

Monday, October 19, 8:00-10:00 pm
Wells Hall B-122
11th Annual MSU Israeli Film Festival
8:00 pm               A Borrowed Identity (2014), directed by Eran Riklis

 

Monday, November 2, 7:00 pm
International Center, Room 303
Guest Lecture
“Partners against Anti–Semitism: North African Jews and Muslims Respond to the Vichy–Nazi Alliance”
Aomar Boum, Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles
Co-sponsored with Muslim Studies and Peace and Justice Studies.

 

Thursday, November 5, 7:00 pm
Kellogg Center Auditorium
Guest Lecture
“Doomed to Succeed: The US–Israeli Relationship from Truman to Obama”
Dennis Ross, William Davidson Distinguished Fellow and counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Co-sponsored by MSU Hillel Center, Asian Studies Center, James Madison College, and the College of Arts and Letters.

 

Wednesday, November 18, 3:00–5:00 pm
Wells Hall B-342
Finifter Symposium on Greek Jewry
“Greek Jewry of the Holocaust”
Panelists: Steven B. Bowman (University of Cincinnati), Katerina Kralova (Charles University, Prague), and Kenneth Waltzer (MSU)
Co-sponsored by James Madison College, RCAH, Peace and Justice Studies, and the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.

 

Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 pm
James Madison Library, 322 South Case Hall
Finifter Symposium on Greek Jewry
Reconstituting Greek Jewry after the War”
Katerina Kralova, Charles University, Prague
Co-sponsored by James Madison College, RCAH, Peace and Justice Studies, and the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.

 

Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 pm
MSU Main Library, West 4th Floor
Kessler Film Event
The Zigzag Kid” (2012), directed by Vincent Bal
Yael Aronoff will introduce the film. Israeli Institute and Serling Israeli Visiting Scholar Yuval Benziman and Laura Apol, MSU Education, children’s and adolescent literature, will discuss the film and answer questions afterward. Co-sponsored by MSU Libraries, James Madison College, and the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.

 

Friday, December 4, 10:00–11:30 am
Wells Hall B-342
Jewish Studies Faculty and Student Research Seminar
Radical Orthodoxy and the Controversy over Women’s Education”
Ilan Fuchs, Hadassah Brandeis Institute–Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and Law
Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and the Center for Gender in Global Context.

 

Attention MSU students:
Interested in taking course with a Jewish Studies content? Or wondering what upcoming courses to take that will fulfill the Jewish Studies minor and specialization? Click here to download the latest Jewish Studies Courses 2015–16 listings at MSU for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

 

For example, in Fall 2015, we have IAH 241F “Traditions in World Art: Israeli Cinema,” taught by Marc Bernstein. For Spring 2016, we have HST 317 “American Jewish History,” IAH 211C “Area Studies America: Jewish-American Cultures,” and REL 413 “Jewish Philosophy.” Visiting Serling Israeli scholar Yuzal Benziman (from the Israeli Institute) will be teaching two courses in Spring 2016: MC 390 “Studying Conflict via Cultural Texts: The Israeli Case,” and MC 492 “Senior Seminar in International Relations: Israel’s Foreign Policy.” Hebrew language courses for both semesters will be taught by Yore Kedem, a native Hebrew speaker and Israeli scholar. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Yael Aronoff, the director and adviser for the Jewish Studies Program, at aronoffy@msu.edu.

 

Study Abroad in Israel: Chen Bram, last year’s Serling Visiting Israeli Scholar, will lead the summer program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2015. For details about Study Abroad, contact Yael Aronoff at aronoffy@msu.edu.

 

 

News

The Jewish Studies Program has raised $2 million toward a $3 million Farber Family Endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History. The search for the first teacher/scholar to hold the position has commenced and applications are due October 1, 2015. The position will be sited in James Madison College and shared with the History Department. It will be a core position in the Jewish Studies Program.

Events

Alon TalTuesday, September 8, 7:00 pm
James Madison Library, 322 South Case Hall
Guest Lecture with Alon Tal
“Transboundary Environmental Cooperation between Israel and its Neighbors”

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