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Allison Schachter to host conference for Jewish American Literature Feb 25-26th!

Feb. 12, 2024—Why “Jewish American Literature” Matters is a conference aimed at graduate students and emerging scholars studying Jewish literature in the Americas.  The conference aims to critically examine how we understand the terms—“Jewish,” “American” and “Literature”— as regions of intersection rather...

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Rebecca Epstein-Levi appears on The Revealer podcast this week!

Nov. 2, 2023—“The Revealer” podcast explores how religion shapes communities and people throughout the world. Each month, host Brett Krutzsch sits down with experts to discuss religion’s influence on politics, culture, and people’s everyday lives. This week they discuss Rebecca Epstein-Levi’s book!...

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Intermediate Hebrew: in the process of being added to YES for Spring 2024

Nov. 1, 2023—This course is being added to the YES platform for students very soon, and Open Enrollment ends on November 17th, according to the Registrar’s website calendar. If you are interested in this course it will be on MWF from 12:20-1:10...

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Jewish Studies to Host Marla Brettschneider, October 10th, Buttrick 123

Sep. 14, 2023— Marla Brettschneider will give an engaging lunch-time lecture on her Emma Goldman work. She will touch on Jewish feminism and looking at anarchism in a new way. Bio: Marla Brettschneider is a Professor and Political Philosopher with a joint appointment in...

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Margareta Matache to Visit Vanderbilt September 28th!

Sep. 14, 2023—As a response to several unfortunate events on campus and in the larger Nashville community over the past two years, the Department of Jewish Studies aims to open the floor to the community and discuss the discrimination. Please join the...

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Rebecca Epstein-Levi to talk on her new book, “When We Collide”, at Sarratt!

Mar. 24, 2023—Book conversation via Women’s Center: April 12th at 5 pm in Sarratt 325/327

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Rebecca Epstein-Levi talks on podcast: “Xai, How Are You?”

Mar. 24, 2023— “Xai, How Are You?” (a queer talmud podcast) discusses Epstein-Levi’s book–and there’ll be a part II in a couple weeks! Dr. Rebecca J. Epstein-Levi joins us to discuss her new book, “When We Collide“, an exploration of Jewish sexual ethics....

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Judy Klass’s play–After Tartuffe–has been published by Next Stage Press!

Mar. 22, 2023—After Tartuffe: A reimagining of Molière’s Tartuffe, set in a Christian Fundamentalist post-apocalyptic America. The population has been decimated by the super-strain of the Avian Flu – stolen from a lab, probably by Fundamentalists.      Oral is a rich...

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Prof. Wasserstein published by the ABC on Censorship

Mar. 2, 2023—The curious case of Roald Dahl: Why censorship is such a dangerous business “Hooray for Camilla! I never thought I would find myself writing those words. But it’s hard not to take her side when it seems to me that...

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Vanderbilt Jewish Studies Department presents a Creative Writing Series with Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Mar. 1, 2023—Moriel Rothman-Zecher delves into his latest work, Before All the World March 23, 2023 at 6 PM — Buttrick 101, 7PM Moriel Rothman-Zecher is the author of the novels Before All the World, which was named an NPR Book of 2022, and Sadness Is a...

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Welcome to The Twilight Zone

Feb. 23, 2023—Judy Klass is featured in this book published by Rowman & Littlefield: Jews in Popular Science Fiction: Marginalized in the Mainstream Her chapter, “The Twilight Zone as Jewish Science Fiction,“ showcases her essay on Rod Serling and his scripts for the...

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“By their pronouns shall ye know them”: The question of how to refer to God is older, and more complicated, than you might think

Feb. 23, 2023—Check out this great opinion piece the ABC published by Professor Wasserstein on God’s pronouns!

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Professors discuss Black-Jewish Relations on NPT

Feb. 23, 2023—Here’s a clip of Adam Meyer and Shaul Kelner on Nashville Public Television’s “A Slice of the Community” program where they talked about Black-Jewish relations.  This is the YouTube version, which is slightly longer than what actually aired.

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POETRY SLAM ~ Feb 23rd, 2023

Feb. 21, 2023—The Center for Second Language Studies and the Jewish Studies Department are excited to invite you to this event series! This initiative from the Jewish Studies Department and the Center for Second Language Studies is in partnership with Nashville Community...

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“Coming with That Old Hebrew”: Alternative Hip Hop in Israel, a Conversation with Ron Asael November 16th, 10:10 AM, Wilson Hall 122 (*the artist will join us on Zoom)

Dec. 13, 2022—Ron Asael is an alternative hip hop artist based in Tel Aviv. Earlier this year he released his debut album ’Lama Mi Met?!?!!’ (literally translated as “Who is Dead?!?!!’”). In this talk, Ron will address some of the challenges of performing...

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“Jewish Veganism at a Turning Point: Internal Conversations and Broader Contributions” a talk by Dr. Jacob A. Labendz

Dec. 9, 2022—Join us for a talk on Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism with Dr. Labendz, February 6th at Noon—in Buttrick123 For millennia, Judaism’s dietary laws have insisted that human beings should make intentional, ethical choices every time they lift food to their...

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Laura Leibman, “Beyond Binaries: Jewish Suriname through the Photographer’s Lens”, January 18th, 12 Noon

Dec. 9, 2022—The Department of Jewish Studies brings Laura Leibman (Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, OR) to campus on January 18, 12 PM Dr. Leibman will speak on her work Wednesday, January 18th at 12 PM– in Buttrick123...

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Professor Amy-Jill Levine receives the “Bridge’ Award from the UK CCJ (Council of Christians and Jews)

Dec. 9, 2022—The video of the ceremony, which includes remarks by the Archbishop of Canterbury, can be found here. Join us in congratulating her for this amazing honor!

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MLA’s Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies Is Announced: Awarded to Allison Schachter, Justin Cammy, and Jordan Finkin

Dec. 8, 2022—New York, NY – 7 December 2022 – The Modern Language Association of America today announced it is awarding its eleventh Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies for an outstanding translation of a Yiddish literary work to...

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