Jewish Studies Program at Michigan State University

 

Michigan State University Jewish Studies Program

Hosting Conference, “Israel at 70: Complexity, Challenge, and Creativity”

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel and reflect on that history, the Michigan State University Jewish Studies Program is very proud to sponsor its largest academic conference ever: “Israel at 70: Complexity, Challenge, and Creativity” on September 16-17, 2018 at MSU’s Kellogg Center. The conference brings together 40 internationally recognized scholars from Israel and the United States under one roof to discuss Israeli society, culture, politics, foreign policy, and agricultural, biomedical, water, environmental, and business innovation. Scholars and researchers will come from Michigan State and 9 other U.S. universities, including Syracuse University, Smith College, Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Illinois. Israeli panelists hail from institutions including the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Tel Hai University, Bar Ilan University, Ben Gurion University, the Weitzman Institute, Hadassah University Hospital and more. The conference includes entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and members of non-governmental organizations and think tanks, including the Brookings Institution and the Institute for National Security Studies affiliated with Tel Aviv University.

A featured keynote speaker is Gilead Sher, who heads the Center for Applied Negotiations and is a senior researcher at the Tel Aviv Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). Sher was PM Chief of Staff and Policy Coordinator to former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and in 1999-2001 he served as the Israeli Chief and co-Chief negotiator at the Camp David summit and the Taba talks. He has written several books and co-chairs the NGO Blue White Future. Another keynote speaker is Oded Shoyseyov. an expert in nanobiotechnology who has authored or co-authored more than 160 scientific publications and is the inventor or co-inventor of 45 patents. Other experts include Naomi Chazan, Professor Emerita of Political Science at the Hebrew University, who served three terms as a Member of the Knesset on behalf of the Meretz Party, has authored eight books on comparative politics, served as President of the New Israel Fund between 2009- 2012 and is among the founders of the International Women’s Commission for an Israel-Palestinian Peace. Another prominent speaker is Donna Robinson Divine, the Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Government, Emerita at Smith College, who has written several books and is currently serving as President of the Association for Israel Studies.

 

The conference is open and free to the public. Join us for this amazing array of American and Israeli academic excellence. Meals are complimentary and one can register for kosher meals. Please register here.

 

If you have any questions email the MSU Jewish Studies Program at jewishst@msu.edu, or call 517-432-3493


The Jewish Studies Program at Michigan State University engages in the interdisciplinary study of the history, cultures, language(s), identities, and religion of the Jewish people. While our program encompasses the historical and geographic breadth of Jewish experiences, our particular strengths are in five key areas: American Jewish history, culture, and literature; European Jewish History and Holocaust Studies; Hebrew; Israel Studies; and Judaism and Jewish Philosophy.

A hallmark of our program is the close interaction of faculty, students and community members. The Jewish Studies Program offers a 20 credit undergraduate minor in Jewish Studies that allows students to explore, in interdisciplinary and flexible ways, Jewish history, culture, and identity, to learn Hebrew, and to study Judaism and Jewish thought. Students work closely with faculty mentors, who provide guidance both on academic development and professional opportunities. Our students have opportunities to engage in substantive research projects in class or as guided independent studies as well as senior theses and to participate in faculty-led study abroad programs in Israel. The result is a collegial, supportive community of students and faculty who form lasting relationships.

The Jewish Studies Program also supports the scholarly work of Jewish Studies faculty at MSU, developing a nationally recognized program that fits with the aspirations of a 21st-century global university. We have 6 core Jewish Studies faculty and over 20 affiliated faculty from ten departments and colleges across the university. The program contributes to and enhances knowledge of Jewish life in the university community, mid-Michigan, and the State of Michigan.

The Undergraduate Jewish Studies Minor
The Jewish Studies Minor offers a rich interdisciplinary program which introduces undergraduates to the history, cultures, language(s), identities, religion, and civilization of the Jewish people. Students can choose from among our varied and flexible course offerings (listed below), for a minimum of twenty (20) credits, which can be taken while fulfilling the requirements for a major in nearly any field at MSU. Our minor centers on our strengths in American Jewish History and Culture, European Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Hebrew, Israel Studies, and Judaism and Jewish Philosophy. We emphasize close collaboration with and advising from faculty, and offer rich opportunities for undergraduate research. These curricular components are enhanced by our many co-curricular lectures and films designed to enhance classroom experiences and research.

 

News

Congratulations to Jewish Studies minors Mackenzie Cater, Anna Cumming, and Kaila Waineo for receiving the Jewish Studies Student Achievement Awards! They were recognized before the Rabin/Brill lecture on April 9th at Kellogg Center.

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Hosting Conference, “Israel at 70: Complexity, Challenge, and Creativity”

The conference is open and free to the public. Join us for this amazing array of American and Israeli academic excellence. Meals are complimentary and one can register for kosher meals. Please register here.

If you have any questions email the MSU Jewish Studies Program at jewishst@msu.edu, or call 517-432-3493

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