The Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel

 

The Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel

 

The Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel 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 Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel 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 Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel also supports and highlights 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 22 affiliated faculty from ten departments and colleges across the university. We support faculty professional development and achievement in Jewish Studies, including research and study travel, travel to professional meetings, and support for publication.ichigan, 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.

 

UPCOMING SPRING 2019 EVENTS

Complimentary copies of all books for designated book discussions are available in the Serling Institute office (Wells
Hall C-730) for those faculty, students, and community members reading the book before each discussion.

Thursday, April 18th, 7:00-8:30 pm
Rabin/Brill Holocaust Lecture
No Secret: Sexual Violence in the Holocaust
Auditorium at Kellogg Center, MSU
Doris Bergen will discuss sexual violence during the Holocaust against Jews and non-Jews, against women and girls, and also boys and men. Professor Bergen is the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies in the Department of History and Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author or editor of five books, including War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust (3rd edition 2016).
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Monday, April 22nd, 7:00-8:30 pm
Play Excerpts
Indecent
RCAH Theater (Basement of 362 Bogue St, East Lansing, MI 48825)
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s Indecent is a deeply moving play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. Members of the cast and crew will present selections from the play Indecent, which they are performing in June.

Saturday, April 27th, 8:00 pm
Co-Sponsored Event
Shostakovich Symphony 13 Project
The Wharton Center’s Great Hall (MSU)
This concert features the very powerful Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 “Babi Yar,” and “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Charles Davidson. A setting of poems by the renowned Soviet writer Evgeny Yevtushenko, Shostakovich’s work significantly memorialized the 1941 massacre of Ukrainian Jews by Nazi forces at Baba Yar.
Preview Lecture 7pm
Dr. Amy Simon, William and Audrey Farber Family Chair in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History, Assistant Professor, James Madison College, History, and the Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel
Dr. Matthew Pauly, Associate Professor of History, College of Social Science and affiliated faculty of the Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel
Dr. Kevin Bartig, Associate Professor of Musicology, MSU College of Music
Christopher James Lees, guest conductor.

Sunday April 28, 3:00 pm
Orchestra Hall, Detroit, same concert as above
Preview Lecture 2pm
Dr. Amy Simon, William and Audrey Farber Family Chair in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History, Assistant Professor, James Madison College, History, and the Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel
Dr. Matthew Pauly, Associate Professor of History, College of Social Science and affiliated faculty of the Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel
Dr. Kevin Bartig, Associate Professor of Musicology, MSU College of Music
Christopher James Lees, guest conductor.

 

News

Michael and Elaine Serling have given a multi-million-dollar naming gift that will provide a new endowment in “Modern Israel” in Jewish Studies. It will serve as a catalyst, stimulating activities that join MSU faculty and Israeli colleagues in several fields, including the humanities, social sciences, business entrepreneurship, medical science, and engineering, as they initiate new collaborative projects. It will also contribute to research, study abroad, and internship opportunities in Israel for undergraduate and graduate students and provide support for visiting Israeli scholars. With this gift the Jewish Studies Program has changed its name to the Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel.

Events

Thursday, April 18th, 7:00-8:30 pm – Rabin/Brill Holocaust Lecture
No Secret: Sexual Violence in the Holocaust
Location: Auditorium at Kellogg Center, MSU

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