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.

Latest News:

benur.nov2015webIt was great to see so many students and community members at the Margolis lecture on November 16. Be sure to check our event page for the schedule of lectures for the spring semester, including the April conference on antisemitism.

Spring 2016 course offerings are now 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 College of Arts and Sciences dean

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. Guskiewicz was selected after an extensive nationwide search led by Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer Ron Strauss, and succeeds Dean Karen M. Gil, who will return to the College’s department of psychology and neuroscience after serving as dean for more than six years.  Read more.

Jewish Studies Capstone Course SPRING 2016
JWST 697 / RELI 697:

Wednesday, 3:00-5:30pm / Instructor: Gabrielle A. Berlinger, Ph.D.

What makes an object “Jewish”? How do we think about, create, repurpose, and exhibit “Jewish” objects in contemporary life—on the body, in museums, in public culture, in religious spaces, and in the home? This seminar examines the material life of Jewish America with site visits, guest speakers, and museum projects – join us!

The Capstone Course JWST 697/RELI 697 is required for those pursuing the B.A. in Religious Studies with a concentration in Jewish Studies and is also open to non-major students.

  • PrintReconsidering 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.

  • 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.

    Event Schedule for  spring 2016:
    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.
    Mar 7 – Community Lecture with Sarah Stein, 7:30 p.m.
    Apr 9-12 – Uhlman Family Seminar and Antisemitism Conference
    Please visit our events page for details.