Jewish Studies Program at Michigan State University


Yael Aronoff - Michigan State Jewish StudiesI am enthusiastic about starting my five-year tenure as Director of Jewish Studies. I am looking forward to working with faculty, staff, students, MSU administrators, the Board of Directors, and community members to strengthen our Jewish Studies program. We continue to offer co-curricular lectures, research seminars, and films in coordination with other units on campus, to fundraise for the development of a new endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies, to host our Visiting Serling Israeli Scholars, and to build the number of students minoring in Jewish Studies as well as faculty whom are affiliated with Jewish Studies. This fall alone we are sponsoring thirteen lectures, many of them are co-sponsored with at least one of eight other units. I am excited that Professor Alon Tal, a leading environmental historian and activist from Ben-Gurion University, will be offering two classes at James Madison College this spring as the Serling Visiting Israel Scholar.


We wish our students and faculty Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Friday, January 16, 10 am
Location: Wells Hall B-342
Event Description: Jewish Studies Faculty and Student Research Seminar
Title: “We Really Like Winston Better Than Weinstein! New York City Jews and Name-changing in the Postwar Era”
Presenter: Professor Kirsten Fermaglich, Michigan State University

Thursday, January 22, 7:00 pm
Location: James Madison College Library, Case Hall
Title: “Water Scarcity in the Middle East: “Can Technology Be the Game Changer?”
Presenter: Professor Alon Tal, Ben Gurion University, Visiting Serling Israeli Scholar
Co-Sponsors: Jewish Studies, James Madison College

Tuesday, January 20, 7:00pm
Location: School of Journalism
Title: “What’s Missing in Middle East Reporting?”
Presenter: Mark Lavie
Co-Sponsors: Jewish Studies, School of Journalism, Hillel

Wednesday, January 28, 7pm
Location: Club Spartan, Case Hall
Title: “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel”
Presenter: Ari Shavit
Co-Sponsors: Jewish Studies, James Madison College, Hillel

Save the Date: Ken Waltzer Retirement Celebration Weekend

Friday, March 27, 2015, 5:00 to 8:00pm
All-University Welcome Reception
MSU Kellogg Center, Red Cedar Room
Appetizers provided, cash bar, music, and good vibes

Saturday, March 28, all day events
Ken Waltzer Retirement Celebration
MSU Kellogg Center
Breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon panel discussions focusing on key themes in Professor Waltzer’s life and work. An evening reception followed by dinner with a roast and toast program honoring Professor Waltzer.
Register Online



Additional Spring semester events will be posted soon.

Jewish Studies Program at MSU is currently working with the University to reinstate our Study Abroad program in Israel. If you are interested in studying abroad in Israel, please contact Program Director Yael Aronoff at 517-432-3493.


Date/Time: Jan 16, 10 am
Professor Kirsten Fermaglich
Wells Hall B-342

Date/Time: Jan 22, 7:00 pm
Professor Alon Tal
James Madison College Library, Case Hall

Date/Time: Jan 20, 7:00pm
Mark Lavie
School of Journalism

Date/Time: Jan 28, 7pm
Ari Shavit
Club Spartan, Case Hall



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