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NEW FOR 2016-2017: Food for All Course Development and Course Enhancement Grants:

Logo-and-TaglineThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s university-wide academic theme for 2015-2017 is “Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives.” With this theme, the University is challenging all areas of UNC to examine wide-ranging topics including food cultures and nutrition, food security, world hunger and more. The two years of “Food for All” includes projects, services and events on campus and in the Chapel Hill community. To support this University initiative, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is offering course enhancement and course development funds, which will support faculty who are interested in incorporating a Jewish food component into courses to be taught in the academic year of 2016-2017. Visit the faculty grants page for more information and the application form. The deadline for applications is May 24, 2016, 5pm.

Berlinger.exhibit.may16webOn Wednesday, May 4, students in Dr. Gabrielle Berlinger’s JWST 697: The Material Life of Jewish America (Jewish Studies Capstone Seminar) opened the exhibition “From T-Shirts to Tattoos: Jewish Material Culture at UNC-Chapel Hill”.

The student-curated exhibition is housed at the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.

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Thank you to all who attended the conference. We have recently added the following: program guide, photos and videos and student research posters from the conference.

Reconsidering Antisemitism: Past and Present
April 10-12, 2016, UNC Friday Center
The Center hosted a conference on Antisemitism, which was free and open to the general public. This three-day conference featured academic panel discussions, two keynote lectures, and student research.

 

Maymester 2016 course: Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Collaborations in Cinema, Literature, and Music

Monday to Friday 11:30 – 2:45 with Professor Yaron Shemer

It should come as no surprise that, for most, the mention of Israel and Palestine conjointly conjures up conflict, wars, and hostility. Yet, this course focuses on various collaborations and exchanges between Israelis and Palestinians in the realm of culture. These connections involve literature and language (Israeli-Jewish authors writing in Arabic and Palestinian writers who choose Hebrew as their language of expression), music, filmmaking, and joint educational initiatives. Maymester.Shemer.

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.

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.