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The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies co-sponsors this academic seminar with other nearby campuses and UNC Carolina Seminars, providing the local academic community with the opportunity to meet and discuss scholarly papers by each presenter. Since its inception in 2001, the NC Jewish Studies Seminars [previously called Duke-UNC Seminar on Jewish Studies] has brought together faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars who discuss various aspects of Jewish history and culture. Monthly meetings discuss current work by either seminar members or internationally renowned guests.

Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 Seminar Dates and Speakers

Sunday afternoons

Some events will be hybrid and some will only be online. Starting times vary. In-person attendance at hybrid events is limited to vaccinated members of the sponsoring campus academic communities; non-affiliated community members are invited to attend via Zoom. Please check the seminars website for updated meeting information.

Please email Jamie Hardy ( with any questions and to receive a copy of the seminar papers.


Fall 2021


Aug. 29     3:30–5:30  ET      HYBRID
Pratima Gopalakrishan (Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke)

Structuring Labor Relationships in the Ancient Jewish Household


Sept. 12    2:00-4:00 ET         ONLINE
Elke Morlok (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg)

Jewish Enlightenment between Tradition, Natural Sciences and Kabbala


Oct. 10      3:30-5:30 ET
Menachem Keren-Kratz (Independent Scholar)

The Satmar Rebbe’s Va-Yoel Moshe: The Most Influential Anti-Zionist Text in Modern Jewish History


Nov. 21
Beth Berkowitz  (Barnard College)

Appetite for Udders: The Return of the Repressed Mother in Babylonian Talmud Hullin 109a-110b


Dec. 5
Shatzmiller Fellows of the Jewish Studies Seminar



Spring 2022


Jan. 16
Eli Sperling (Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke)

The Jewish National Fund: Land Purchases in Palestine,
Fundraising in America, and Hebrew Musical Culture



Feb. 13
David Koffman (York University, Toronto)

No Better Home? The history of Canadian Jews’ intersections with First Nations history


March  13
Sam Brody (University of Kansas)

What We Talk About When We Talk About Jews and Economies


April 10
Glen Dynner (Sarah Lawrence)

A Higher Education: The Hasidic Revival in Interwar and Nazi-Occupied Poland


April 24
Shatzmiller Fellows of Jewish Studies Seminar