A new academic lecture has been added to the calendar for March 24. We are pleased to welcome Michael K. Silber, who will give the Morris, Ida and Alan Heilig Lectureship in Jewish Studies, titled In Your Face: A Provocation in Amsterdam, A Scandal in Bohemia: On Secularization, Acculturation and the Jewish Beard. The academic lecture will be held in Hyde Hall, at 5:30 p.m. The Center regrets that we had to cancel the lecture “Two Powers in Heaven” that was previously scheduled for March 24 with Peter Schafer.
The Center is co-sponsoring a seminar on March 27th titled: Early Modern Europe and the Jews. If you’d like to learn more about the seminar, please visit: https://earlymodernjewish.unc.edu/. If you’d like to attend the seminar, please contact Nancy Gray Schoonmaker: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you plan to attend and stay for lunch, you must make a lunch reservation. The day before, March 26th at 5:00 p.m., is the keynote for the seminar… details below and at: http://jewishstudies.unc.edu/events/
The Uhlman Family Seminar is scheduled for April 12, 2014, titled: Diaries, Dreams, and Desires: Anne Frank and Jewish Private Life. This seminar will explore the domestic worlds that Anne Frank and millions of Jewish families enjoyed before the war, how they’ve been portrayed, and the disruption wrought on them by the Holocaust. We will consider how family documents and diaries play a role in remembering the Shoah, and how Frank coped with the hardships she faced with humor, an age-old resource for the Jewish people. The seminar will be capped with a presentation from Burning Coal Theatre on producing the Diary as a play, and will include performances of key scenes from the production. The Uhlman Family Seminar is offered by the UNC Program in the Humanities, in collaboration with the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre. For additional information and registration, please click here.
A new IMAX film featuring our own Jodi Magness is screening at Raleigh’s Marbles Museum. Filmed in 3D for the giant screen, Jerusalem immerses audiences into one of the world’s most beloved cities. Join renowned archaeologist and UNC Distinguished Professor, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she travels underground to solve some of this city’s greatest mysteries. Length: 40 minutes. Visit Marbles Museum for screening 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.