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Read about The Defiant Requiem, in the A&S Magazine:

Fall 2017 course offerings can be found online, including our Capstone Course for 2017-2018:

JWST 697: Jewish Studies Capstone: Jewish Languages Tu 6-8:50PM.  Joseph Lam
Capstone Seminar: Jewish Languages (Professor Joseph Lam, Dept. of Religious Studies)
This course examines the myriad ways in which language, culture, and identity intersect through the prism of Jewish languages—that is, languages written and spoken by Jews throughout history. Drawing on insights coming out of the contemporary study of linguistic variation and sociolinguistics, the course poses a number of questions that arise at the confluence of language and society, such as: What makes a language “Jewish”? How are languages and scripts employed in defining one’s cultural identity? What are the historical forces that shape the development of Jewish variants of languages? The languages to be discussed in the course include Hebrew (from ancient to modern), Aramaic, Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, and others. Working knowledge of at least one Jewish language would be useful but is not required.

Post and Courier article on our Jewish Food in the Global South symposium:
By Hanna Raskin, March 15, 2017…/article_056f3fc6-0443-11e7-…

joan1At UNC symposium, speakers wonder whether Jewish food can combat hate

Told he was delivering a passenger to a symposium devoted to Jewish Food in the Global South, a Chapel Hill-based Uber driver laughed. “That’s pretty specific,” he said.

But in the months since the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies first announced its one-day conference, the subject has become increasingly less niche. Held days after President Donald Trump opened his first address to Congress by noting the recent epidemic of anti-Semitic threats and desecrations, the event became a forum in which to consider whether brisket and rugelach could play a role in tamping down widespread hate.

vimeoVideo of the symposium is posted on our Vimeo site:

Program-cover-webWUNC The State of Things featured Jewish Food in the Global South on February 28, 2017. Listen online.
Host Frank Stasio talks with Marcie Cohen Ferris, professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and award-winning writer Joan Nathan about the relationship between Jewish cuisine and regional influences. Ferris and Nathan will be a part of the event “Jewish Food in the Global South” at UNC-Chapel Hill Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5.
Jewis-Food-Global-South-600pxJewish Food in the Global South is in the current edition of Garden and Gun Magazine:
Arts & Culture: The Southern Agenda: February/March 2017
Goings-on in the South and beyond North CarolinaThe Family Meal
Most people don’t think of the South as a cradle of Jewish food tradition, but our stew of culinary influences includes latkes and matzo—and other less obvious foodstuffs, too. For example: “Thomas Jefferson credited Dr. John de Sequeyra, the only Jew in Williamsburg, Virginia, with introducing the tomato to the United States,” says Joan Nathan, a food writer who will be among the speakers at the University of North Carolina’s Jewish Food in the Global South symposium (March 4–5) in Chapel Hill. James Beard Award–winning chefs Alon Shaya of Shaya in New Orleans and Andrea Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill will join her. “Jews brought their dishes to cities like Charleston, Richmond, and New Orleans and made them Southern,” Nathan says. “I’ve even heard of people making gefilte fish with catfish, which isn’t kosher, but maybe they didn’t know that.” Whether or not you can tell rugelach from hamantaschen, you’re invited to join in two days of films, panels, lectures, and cooking classes. “Sitting down to a traditional meal for the Sabbath is what has kept all of us Jews together for so many years,” Nathan says. That’s a sentiment Southerners of all backgrounds can appreciate.—

Spring 2017 Newsletter is now available. PDF.
PrintReconsidering Antisemitism: Past and Present
April 10-12, 2016
The Center hosted a three-day conference featured academic panel discussions, two keynote lectures, and student research.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.

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.