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The next meeting of the Jewish Studies Seminar is Feb. 26. Our guest will be Prof.  Jonathan Elukin of Trinity College. He will lead a discussion of his paper “Is Shylock really Jewish?  The Devil, Theology and the Meaning of the Merchant of Venice.” This seminar is co-sponsored by Triangle Medieval Studies Seminar. Paper available   JSS – Elukin read more about Next seminar Feb. 26 with Prof. Jonathan Elukin »

Professor Laura Lieber, Assistant Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, will participate in a faculty panel at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, February 20, to lead a post-film discussion for Little Town of Bethlehem that examines the contemporary nonviolence movement in Israel and the Palestinian territories.  This event is open to the public, and more information can be found at the following: http://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/little-town-of-bethlehem-screening-feb-20/ read more about Jewish Studies Faculty To Sit On Ethics FIlm Panel »

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The next meeting of the Jewish Studies Seminar is Tuesday, February 7. Our guest will be Professor Sidra Ezrahi of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He will lead a discussion on “Europe, Israel and America in the Twentieth Century: The Global Theatre of Jewish Tragedy, Epic and Comedy.” paper available  JSS – Ezrahi read more about February 7 seminar with Professor Sidra Ezrahi »

Holy Land Archaeology Course Blog Duke students travel to Israel-Palestine in this course entitled “Holy Land Archaeology” on the major archaeological sites of the region and the political and religious issues that emerge from or surround their excavation. In this blog students post about their experiences, course of study, and impressions of the Holy Land. read more about Holy Land Archaeology Course »

Duke Professors Eric and Carol Meyers visit Istanbul with the Diwan Society of North Carolina in the summer of 2009. In this interview they talk about the special place that Turkey holds as a link between East and West, as well as a religious community of Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Drawing on their years of experience, they speak about the significance of interfaith discourse, and the bridge between historic and modern Turkey as an ecumenical community. read more about A Conversation with Eric and Carol Meyers: Ambassadors for Peace - An Interfaith Journey to Turkey »

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Abraham and Isaac — or, as some would have it, Ibrahim and Ishmael — took center stage when some of America’s most prominent Modern Orthodox rabbis and Muslim imams discussed their respective legal systems and foundational texts, and their implications for Jewish-Muslim relations today.   The October 30 seminar “Ancient Texting” brought together 15 rabbis expert in Halacha, or traditional Jewish law, and 15 imams steeped in shariah, traditional Muslim law, for a recent daylong seminar at Manhattan’s historic Temple Emanu-El… read more about Rabbis and Imams discuss halacha and shariah. »

Durham, NC - In the beginning, Shalom Goldman didn't have much of a future.Goldman began studying comparative religions while a University of Wisconsin undergrad in the early 1970s, a time when that field was considered less than a growth market.Religion was an internal thing then, a relationship between you and your God, not something discussed as loudly or publicly as it is today. Things have changed."When I started to study this, it was interesting to maybe 200 people in the world," says Goldman, a new addition to Duke's… read more about Shalom Goldman: Teaching With Sacred Stories »

After more than a century since the founding of Zionism, the Jewish political movement continues to wrestle with the future of Israel, a leading scholar said.Arnold Eisen, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, discussed his vision for Zionism in the 21st century and the importance of honest conversation between diaspora and Israeli Jews in a lecture Tuesday. The event was sponsored by the Rudnick Endowment.“The Jewish people need new Zionist dreams,” Eisen said. “2011 is not 1896.”Israeli Jews should… read more about Lecture promotes Jewish unity in US, Israel »

Spring Courses are now online!  Register on ACES for what promises to be an extremely exciting semester! Shalom Goldman is teaching an exciting new course on Zionism for Spring 2012. Sign up now for this class, and read an excerpt from his book, "Zeal for Zionism," here: http://www.religiondispatches.org/books/2171/excerpt:_the_christian_roots_of_zionismLaura Lieber is teaching courses on Jewish Ethics, as well as Magic, Mysticism and Folklore in the Jewish Tradition!  Learn about medieval Zombie Stories!  Email… read more about Spring 2012 Courses Now Open »

As old regimes in the Arab world dissolve, a new voice is asserting itself on contentious regional issues. Now the world’s 15th largest economy, Turkey is quickly becoming a powerful voice in Middle Eastern politics.To address the changing political landscape of northern Africa and the Middle East, the Sanford School of Public Policy held a discussion Tuesday with two journalists who follow Middle Eastern politics, focusing especially on Turkey and Israel. In a panel titled “Israel-Turkey and the Greater Middle East… read more about Panelists evaluate Turkey as a model for democracy »

Rabbi Marshall Meyer was an ordinary man whose extraordinary convictions, faith, and impetuous personality impelled him to become one of the most important human rights activists during Argentina's Dirty War (1976-1983). Marshall is remembered for what he did, namely his human rights work and social justice activism. But his legacy is made that much greater by his ability to articulate why we are all responsible for speaking out against injustice. This exhibit is not only a commemoration of the… read more about "I Have No Right to Be Silent" exhibit opened October 4 at the Duke Divinity School, York Room. »

Archaeology, Bible, Politics and the Media Drawing on their decades of experience on archaeological digs in Israel, Duke University Professors Carol and Eric Meyers take questions from online viewers about the charged combination of archaeology, the Bible, politics and the news media, during an "Office Hours" conversation September 1, 2011. read more about Archaeology, Bible, Politics and the Media »

The next meeting of the Jewish Studies Seminar will be Sunday, November 13. This will be a joint session with the Triangle Medieval Studies Seminar. Our presenter will be Julie Mell (NCSU). She will lead a discussion of “The Jewish Serfdom that Never Was: Jews and the origins of English representative government.” paper available  JSS-Mell read more about November 13 Seminar with Julie Mell »

The Jewish Studies Seminar will meet on September 11 at 3PM. Our guest will be Professor Kenneth B. Moss, Felix Posen Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History, Department of History and Chair, the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies, The Johns Hopkins University.   He will lead a discussion of  "Unchosen Peoplehood: Spoiled Identity, Political [...] read more about September 11 seminar with Prof. Kenneth B. Moss »

Sept. 11 – Kenneth Moss (Johns Hopkins Univ.) “Unchosen Peoplehood: Spoiled Identity, Political Extrusion, and the National Horizon of Polish Jews, 1918-1939″ Nov. 13 – Julie Mell (NCSU) “The Jewish Serfdom That Never Was: Jews and the Origins of English Representative Government” Dec. 4 – Omar Kamil (Dubnov Institute, Leipzig) “Arab Approaches to Jewish History: [...] read more about 2011 – 2012 Jewish Studies Seminar Schedule »

The Jewish Studies Seminar will meet on September 11 at 3PM. Our guest will be Professor Kenneth B. Moss, Felix Posen Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History, Department of History and Chair, the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies, The Johns Hopkins University.   He will lead a discussion of  ”Unchosen Peoplehood: Spoiled Identity, Political [...] read more about Seminar Sept. 11 with Prof. Kenneth B. Moss »

The Jewish Studies Seminar will meet on Monday, April 11 at 5PM. Our guest will be Professor Dan Diner of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture in Leipzig.  He will lead a discussion of  ”World War Two Reframed: History's Memory in an Era of Globalization.” paper available  [...] read more about Seminar Monday April 11, 2011 with Prof. Dan Diner »

Conference in the Memory of Lilian Furst (1931-2009) Former Marcel Bataillon Professor of Comparative Literature (UNC-Chapel Hill) *** RSVP to Sandi Payne Greene  payne@email.unc.edu ~~~~~~~~~~ 1 PM  Opening – Madeline Levine (UNC):  Lilian Furst and Postwar European Jewish Intellectuals - East & West 1:15 PM – A clip from Lilian Furst’s video testimony at the Shoah Foundation [...] read more about European Jewish Émigrés and the Shaping of Postwar Culture »

The Jewish Studies Seminar previously scheduled for March 20 has been changed to Monday, April 11 at 5PM. Our guest will be Professor Dan Diner of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture in Leipzig.  He will lead a discussion of  ”Between Empire and Nation State: An [...] read more about Seminar Monday April 11, 2011 with Prof. Dan Diner »

The next meeting of the Jewish Studies Seminar is Sunday, February 27, 2011.  Our guest will be Barbara Mann, Associate Professor of Jewish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She will lead a discussion of “Space and Place in Jewish Studies.” paper available shortly   JSS – Mann read more about Next seminar Feb. 27 with Barbara Mann »

The next meeting of the Jewish Studies Seminar is Sunday, January 30, 2011.  Our guest will be Alexander (Ari) Joskowicz, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, European Studies and History at Vanderbilt University. He will lead a discussion of “Antisemitism, Anti-Catholicism, and Anticlericalism: An Entangled History.” paper available  JSS – Joskowicz read more about Next seminar January 30 with Prof. Alexander (Ari) Joskowicz »

The next meeting of the Jewish Studies Seminar is Sunday, December 5. We are pleased to have as our guest presenter Hasia Diner, director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at New York University. paper available  JSS-Diner read more about Next seminar Dec. 5 with Hasia Diner »