Jewish Studies Program at Michigan State University


Yael Aronoff - Michigan State Jewish StudiesOur Jewish Studies Program had an exciting fall semester, hosting eight outside speakers and screening one film. This spring we are having fourteen speakers in addition to our 10th Annual Israeli Film Festival. We are co-sponsoring events with a dozen units and programs across the university throughout the year, and continuing our monthly Jewish Studies research seminars with faculty and students.

We are looking forward to an intellectually engaging and celebratory spring. Serling Visiting Israeli Scholar Alon Tal will join us and teach two classes in James Madison College. We will also be celebrating Ken Waltzer’s contributions to MSU, James Madison College, and, of course, Jewish Studies. Please mark your calendars on March 27 and 28 for this celebration!

We’re happy to report that MSU has re-instated all six of the study abroad programs in Israel. Chen Bram, last year’s Serling Visiting Israeli Scholar, will lead the summer program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2015.



Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 pm
James Madison College Library, 322 South Case Hall
Ada Finifter Memorial Lecture
Title: “Freedom and Death: The Holocaust and Greek Jewry”
Presenter: Steven B. Bowman, Department of History, University of Cincinnati
Co-sponsors: James Madison College and the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 pm
Kellogg Center, Lincoln Room
22nd Annual David and Sarah Rabin Lecture on the Holocaust / 2nd Michael Brill Memorial Lecture
Title: “Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: An Illusion? Or Time to Start Worrying?”
Presenter: Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University
Co-sponsor: Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Friday, April 24, 10:00–11:30 am
Wells Hall B-342
Jewish Studies Faculty and Student Research Seminar
Title: “Living Beyond Terrorism: Israeli Stories of Hope and Healing”
Presenter: Zieva Konvisser, international board member of the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma



Read the cover story about Ken Waltzer in the Detroit Jewish News.

Yael Aronoff, Director of Jewish Studies, will be awarded the John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader in Advancing International Studies and Programs Award on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 3 PM at the Huntington Club, 4th floor of Spartan Stadium, 535 Chestnut.



Ken Waltzer’s Retirement Bash is the weekend of March 27-28. Contact the Jewish Studies Program office for details.



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