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  • travis.alexander2.2015webInvesting in Students… and their Exceptional Research: Research topics explored by Carolina students have ranged from Jewish communities in Moldova, to Jewish-American composer Kurt Weill, Jewish and Islamic schools in North Carolina, Holocaust survivors in Lithuania, and Israeli medical centers. Their research topics and travel destinations are as diverse and individualized as the students themselves, but one thing remains constant—they need funding to pursue these projects. Read more about how our students spent their summer.
  • The fall 2015 newsletter is now available. Visit the News page for highlights or read the newsletter online. Email us at with your contact information if you’d like to join our mailing lists.
  • Under the direction of the Center’s Jodi Magness, excavations this summer, in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, have revealed stunning new mosaics that decorated the floor.  Read more about this year’s discoveries.
  • CCJS.huqoqfunded.june2015webThe Center is providing essential, multi-year sponsorship support to the Huqoq dig as well as research and travel grants to individual students. Grants were provided by the Center for these students to participate in the dig at Huqoq.



  • Reconsidering Antisemitism: Past and Present
    April 10-12, 2016
    The Center is planning a conference on Antisemitism for spring semester, which will be open to the general public. This three-day conference featuring academic panel discussions, two keynote lectures, and student research will delve into the history of antisemitism and explore the topic from a scholarly viewpoint. Details will be added to this site throughout the fall semester. Pre-registration for portions of this conference will be required.
  • New Course: FOLK 490.001 – Traditions in Transition: Jewish Folklore and Ethnography
    This course explores the great diversity of folkloristic expression in today’s Jewish American communities and the ethnographies that document this expression. We will focus on Jewish storytelling, humor, ritual, custom, belief, dress, and food, among other genres of folklore, within the historical context of Jewish folklore and ethnology.
  • Event Schedule for 2015-2016:
    Aug 31 – Academic Lecture with Jack Sasson, 5:30 p.m.
    Oct 12 – Community Lecture with Shaye Cohen, 7:30 p.m.
    Oct 28 – Academic Lecture with Veronika Feuchtner, 12:00 p.m.
    Nov 16 – Community Lecture with Aviva Ben-Ur, 7:30 p.m.
    Mar 7 – Community Lecture with Sarah Stein, 7:30 p.m.
    Feb 1 – Community Lecture [co-host: Duke Jewish Studies] with Anita Norich, 7:30 p.m.
    Feb 15 – Community Lecture with Jodi Magness, 7:30 p.m.
    Apr 10-13 – Uhlman Family Seminar and Antisemitism Conference
    Please visit our events page for details. We look forward to seeing you in the fall semester!
  • lilianagregory.may2015webCongratulations to our May 2015 graduates: Collin Davis (BA degree), Liliana Gregory (Minor in JS) (shown at left), Emma Woelk (PhD) and Elisssa Sampson (PhD).