Ken Waltzer Retirement Weekend

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by Jason Miller

Join us in celebrating the career of Professor Waltzer!

 Professor Ken Waltzer’s Big Bash Retirement Celebration 

March 27 & 28, 2015  

Read the Jewish News Article about Ken Waltzer

Professor Waltzer is retiring this academic year and Jewish Studies will commemorate his 43-year career at Madison and MSU with a welcome reception, thought-provoking panel discussions, special speakers, music, and an enjoyable dinner and social events. 


Please join us as we honor one of the pioneers who helped launch the Jewish Studies Program

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.


Saturday’s Program: 

9:00am to 10:00am     Continental Breakfast

10:15am to 11:45am   Panel #1 – Urban America Today; Challenges and Responses

12:00 to 1:30pm           Lunch — Keynote Speaker: Wallace Jefferson 

  (Urban ’85), Attorney and Former Chief Justice of the

Supreme Court of Texas

1:45-3:00pm                  Panel #2 – Higher Education Today and the Challenges to Teaching

3:15-4:30pm                  Panel #3 –  History, Memoir, Testimony, and Human Rights:  On the Joys of Working
with Difficult Knowledge.

6:30 to 10:00pm           Reception (6:30-7:30), Dinner and Program

Register Online Here

A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved at the Kellogg Center at 800-875-5090 and Candlewood Suites at 877-226-3539. Ask for the James Madison College/Ken Waltzer event.


For more information or if you have a memory or story to share, please contact Kim Allan at James Madison College or 517-353-3381.


Ken Waltzer (Ph.D. History, Harvard U.) is Professor of History in James Madison College, and was Director of Jewish Studies from 2004 until August 2014. In recent years, he has won a State of Michigan Teaching Excellence Award, the Mid-Michigan Alumni Club Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Study Abroad Director Award in Arts and Letters. He was formerly Associate Dean and Interim Dean of James Madison College, and he directed the Center for Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities. Professor Waltzer’s interests cover American social and political history, especially urban and immigration history, and also modern Jewish history in Europe, America, and Israel. He is recognized internationally for his current research and writing with Red Cross ITS documents and survivor testimonies and interviews in The Rescue of Children and Youth at Buchenwald. With K. Geissler, he developed The American Identity Explorer: Immigration and Migration CD-ROM (1998, 2001), and, with K. Fermaglich, he co-curated the award-winning exhibit (now traveling exhibit) at the MSU Museum, “Uneasy Years: Michigan Jewry During Depression and War.”  Recently, he was historical consultant to and appeared in the feature-length documentary film Kinderblock 66.
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