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3.2.21: Allison Schachter interviewed for Arts & Sciences website

Mar. 4, 2021—Allison Schachter, Chair of Jewish Studies Department and Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, English, and Russian and East European Studies, is featured on the Vanderbilt College of Arts & Science’s Research web page. In this interview, Schachter discusses how her...

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2.21.21: Virtual sermon by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine

Feb. 24, 2021—On Sunday, February 21, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine delivered a virtual sermon for the First Sunday in Lent titled Listening for Dinah at the Riverside Church in the City of New York. Stream the entire service here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj9DBrC5uEw  

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2.10.21: Amy-Jill Levine on “The Bible for Normal People Podcast”

Feb. 16, 2021—In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler about some of the themes of their new book, The Bible With and Without Jesus as they explore the following questions: How...

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Exhibition co-curated by David H. Price and HART 2775 students

Feb. 16, 2021—Pressed for Time: Five Centuries of Prints from the Jack May Collection is curated by Cainie Brown, Chloe Davis, Peter Stidman, Sarah Treadway, and Professor David H. Price, with assistance from students in HART 2775, History of Prints: Harrison Denman, Christopher Elliott, Sophia Moak, Courtney Rehkamp, Daniel...

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2.17.21: Dr. Amy-Jill Levine leads talk for Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies

Dec. 18, 2020—On February 17, 2021, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will lead a virtual talk titled Jesus and Judaism: Why the Connection Matters. This talk, hosted by the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies, is free and open to all. Register here: https://habermaninstituteforjewishstudies.z2systems.com/np/clients/habermaninstituteforjewishstudies/eventRegistration.jsp?event=1150 Description:...

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Julia Phillips Cohen made an editor of Jewish Social Studies

Dec. 9, 2020—Julia Phillips Cohen has been made a new editor of the journal Jewish Social Studies, published by Indiana University Press. The latest issue, and first under Cohen’s name, can be accessed here. Jewish Social Studies plays an important role in advancing...

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Piece by Allison Schachter published by De Gruyter

Dec. 8, 2020—Allison Schachter, Chair of Department of Jewish Studies, has a new publication in De Gruyter titled “Jewish Writing and Gender between the National and the Transnational” in Disseminating Jewish Literatures. Allison’s piece can be accessed here: https://www.degruyter.com/view/book/9783110619003/10.1515/9783110619003-025.xml. De Gruyter publishes first-class...

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“This Hebrew is Heavy With Impending Catastrophe”: Teaching Hebrew in American Colleges with Mazalit Haim

Dec. 4, 2020—Please join the Center for Second Language Studies on Friday, November 6, 2:30-3:30pm CST for a lecture followed by a discussion with Dr. Mazalit Haim   Click here to join zoom session   The lecture will address the challenges and joys of teaching...

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Further Reading: A Conversation with Israeli Artist Rami Maymon

Dec. 4, 2020—Further Reading: A Conversation with Israeli Artist Rami Maymon, November 9, 1pm CST Join Zoom Meeting: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/j/99807537862 Meeting ID: 998 0753 7862 Rami Maymon is an Israeli artist who lives and works in Tel Aviv. He is a faculty member...

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“The Diaphragm Debates: Protestants, Jews, Catholics, and A Changing Culture of Contraception” with Professor Samira Mehta

Dec. 4, 2020—Co-sponsored by Department of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies On the eve of the 1960 FDA approval of the birth control pill, debates about how American should understand contraception raged. Using fictional depictions of unmarried women    seeking diaphragms and...

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11/30: Amy-Jill Levine joins Luke Norsworthy podcast

Dec. 4, 2020—Dr. Amy-Jill Levine returns to the the Luke Norsworthy podcast to help get ready for Advent by discussing how to read scripture, Biblical illiteracy, mangers, magi, and her book Light of the World. Luke Norsworthy is a pastor, author and...

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12/6: Virtual talk by Amy-Jill Levine at Parnassus Books

Nov. 20, 2020—Parnassus Books presents a conversation with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi-Brettler, authors of The Bible with and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently. The event is virtual, and will take place on the Parnassus Books...

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Article by Rebecca Epstein-Levi, “Ill Will: The Problem With Individualizing COVID Risk”

Nov. 20, 2020—Rebecca Epstein-Levi’s new article in Bitch Media on COVID risk, STIs, rabbinic purity, and why thinking about it in terms of individual responsibility is inadequate— is live: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/covid-19-pandemic-stis-personal-responsibility “COVID-19 and sexually transmitted infections both teach us that an all-or-nothing approach...

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Student Testimonials

Nov. 20, 2020—Madeleine Davis, Classics & Political Science Ezra Howe, Divinity School   Dale Weiford, Law, History & Society, Class of 2023   Rafael Levin, Philosophy, Class of 2022   Christina Karageorgou-Bastea, Associate Professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt

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Article by Ari Joskowicz in American Historical Review

Oct. 22, 2020—Ari Joskowicz, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, European Studies and History and the Director of the Max Kade Center for European and Jewish Studies, published an article for the October 2020 issue of the American Historical Review (AHR) titled “The...

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Opinion piece co-authored by David Wasserstein and Phil Lieberman for The Tennessean

Jul. 13, 2020—Women praying at the Islamic Center of Nashville Bellevue Mosque, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee; Courtney Pedroza/The Tennesseean David J. Wasserstein, Professor of History and Jewish Studies, and Philip Lieberman, Professor of Jewish Studies and Law, and Religious...

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New piece by David Wasserstein for University of Chicago’s Divinity School

Jul. 13, 2020—Image: A Saudi police officer prays in front of the Ka’ba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, March 7, 2020. (Photo: AP) David J. Wasserstein, Professor of History and Jewish Studies, has written a new piece...

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Play published by Judy Klass, plus one staged and one to watch LIVE ON ZOOM

Jun. 25, 2020—Judy Klass, Senior Lecturer of Jewish Studies and English, recently published a play in Summer 2020’s Volume 12 of Qu, a contemporary literary magazine from Queens University of Charlotte. Klass’ short, humorous play The Emperor’s Interview riffs on the Hans...

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Article by David Price appears in the Jewish Quarterly Review

May. 22, 2020—David Price’s article “The Sincerity of Their Historians”: Jacques Basnage and the Reception of Jewish History” recently appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of the Jewish Quarterly Review. Price is a Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies, specializing in the history of...

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New online piece for “The Conversation” by Paul Liebermann

May. 22, 2020—Phil Lieberman has written a new online piece for The Conversation entitled “When religion sided with science: Medieval lessons for surviving COVID-19.” Ackerman-Lieberman is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Law, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, and Affiliated Assistant Professor of Islamic...

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Shaul Kelner quoted in Judische Allgemeine; awarded travel grant from Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

May. 22, 2020—Shaul Kelner, Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies was quoted last week in Judische Allgemeine, a German Jewish newspaper, in an article on the shuttering of American Jewish summer camps due to COVID-19. Kelner has also been awarded a travel grant...

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2020 Contest Winners: “The Best Undergraduate Paper in Jewish Studies” and “The Miriam Halachmi Prize for Excellence in Modern Hebrew”

May. 5, 2020—The Best Undergraduate Paper in Jewish Studies 1st place: Jake Nicastro, “The Changing Southern Jewish Lifestyle in Virginia” (submission from JS 2230W, “American Jews in Southern Life and Literature,” taught by Adam S. Meyer) Honorable mention: Carly Stewart, “Anzia Yezireska and the Hollywood Ending”...

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