Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

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Established in 2003, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill unites the general public, students and faculty from various academic disciplines who share a common passion for a deeper understanding of Jewish history, culture and thought. Looking ahead, the Center has ambitious goals for expanding academic opportunities for Carolina’s students and the community.

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Upcoming events:

February 15 – Excavations of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee
February 29 – Filmscreening/Discussion: Arabic Movie
March 7 – Family Papers: A Sephardi Journey
March  – Date TBD: Screening/Discussion: National Geographic Channel’s The Story of God
April 9-12 – Uhlman Family Seminar and Antisemitism Conference
The Spring 2016 newsletter is now available.
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Reconsidering Antisemitism: Past and Present
April 10-12, 2016
The Center is hosting 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 scholarlyregister-here-button viewpoint. Event details have been added.Pre-registration for portions of this conference is required.

Information on the Uhlman Family Seminar is now available. Pre-registration is required.


PrintCall for Posters: The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is looking for original, innovative posters created by Carolina’s undergraduate students that relate to the topic of antisemitism. Selected posters will be presented at a poster session on Monday, April 11, 2016 as part of an academic conference being hosted by the University this coming spring. Posters can be based on either work that was done for a University course or independent, extra-curricular research.The deadline for submission is February 26, 2016 at 5 p.m. Only posters from current Carolina undergraduates will be accepted. Details.
Grant applications – Deadlines are in early 2016 for undergraduate, graduate student and faculty grants. Visit the grants page for details on how to apply.

Spring 2016 course offerings are posted… choose from “Antisemitism and Islamophobia”, “Early Modern Jewish Literature”, “Diaries and Memoirs of the Holocaust”, “The Material Life of Jewish America”, or one of many other Jewish Studies courses available to Carolina’s students. And, it’s not too early to explore summer 2016 study abroad opportunities in Argentina. Flyer_67.

eli.classroom.2015webDistinguished Service: For more than a decade, Eli Evans, ’58, founding chair of the Center’s advisory board, has been visiting Professor Marcie Cohen Ferris’ classroom to meet with her students. This month he combined the classroom visit with receiving the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service in the College of Arts and Sciences, which recognizes individuals who have served the College through exceptional vision, commitment and leadership.

07KevinGuskiewicz_lrg-200x300Kevin Guskiewicz named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Kevin Guskiewicz, a neuroscientist and internationally recognized expert on sport-related concussions and a senior associate dean in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences, will become the College’s 22nd dean.   Read more.

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.