Now enrolling for Spring 2014: English 289/JWST 289: Jewish-American Literature and Culture of the Twentieth Century with Prof. Erin Carlston, M/W/F 1:00-1:50 PM. This course will examine some of the major factors and influences that shaped Jewish American literature and culture in the twentieth century. We will focus in particular on questions about Jewish identity: what is “Jewry”—a faith, a race, a nation? How have patterns of immigration shaped Jewish experience in the United States? What does it mean to be an American Jew? We will also examine the ways that ethnic identity intersects with gender, class, regional differences, and sexuality. No pre-requisites, but some familiarity with the history of the 1940s, World War II and the Holocaust is essential. Please contact the English Dept. if you have any questions.
Upcoming Grant Deadlines: Undergraduate Research and Travel grants: second application round ends Feb. 21, 2014. Silver Fellowship for graduate students: applications due by March 1, 2014. Visit the grants section for details.
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. This year, the Center embarks on its second decade of excellence, with ambitious goals for expanding academic opportunities for Carolina’s students and the community.
New Academic Programs
Carolina has recently introduced a new undergraduate degree program, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Jewish Studies. This is the first official Jewish Studies major offered in the state of North Carolina, and in May 2013, the very first student graduated with the degree. In addition, the University recently introduced a Certificate in Jewish Studies for Graduate Students and a new Capstone Course in Jewish Studies, an upper-level research seminar. Visit our “academics” section for details.
Our events program for 2013-2014 is now finalized. We hope to see you at one of our community lectures, academic lectures, or the Uhlman Family Seminar. Visit our “events” section to learn more about upcoming lectures.
Professor Jonathan Hess has completed his third term as director for the Center and he will be on research sabbatical this academic year. Taking the helm of the Center is Professor Ruth von Bernuth, assistant professor of early modern German Studies (1500-1750) in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Visit the “about us” section to read more about Professor von Bernuth and our two other faculty administrators, Professor Ariel and Professor Lambert.
Learn more about the Center and Jewish Studies at Carolina
Our video features UNC students, faculty and supporters, all speaking about the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Studies program at UNC Chapel Hill. Visit our “news” section to read about the latest news for the Center.