The Jewish Studies program typically sponsors several events each academic year, free and open to the public.

Selected Past Events

  • Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz,  Screening of the acclaimed documentary “Little White Lie” ( May 2, 2017)
  • Dr. Benny Morris, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev: “A New Look at the Arab-Israeli War of 1948” (April 6, 2017)
  • Dr. Yael Aronoff, Associate Professor, James Madison College within Michigan State University: “Israel’s Wars with Hamas: Dilemmas of Asymmetric Conflicts” (February 27, 2017)
  • Dr. Jonathan Freedman, Professor of English and American Culture at the University of Michigan: “Jews and Other Others: Transparent and the Remaking of Jewish Identities” Sponsored by a Mellon Community of Practice Grant (February 24, 2015 )
  • Cartoonist Liana Finck: “A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York” (May 5, 2015)
  • Mark Lavie, longtime Middle East correspondent and editor: “What is Missing in Middle East Reporting?” A lecture with and a discussion of the challenges of journalistic practice in the Middle East (January 21, 2015)
  • Professor Kenneth Waltzer and Professor Yael Aronoff of Michigan State University, and Professor Amy Elman of Kalamazoo College: “Boycott Divestment Sanctions: Alternative Narratives“, critical panel discussion (October 29, 2014)
  • Dr. Gil Ribak, American Jewish University: “Rarely Do You See a Drunken Jew: the Images of the Gentile Lower Class Among Jewish Intellectuals, 1881-1920”
  • Professor Kenneth Marcus, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights, “The Conundrum of Race: Civil Rights, Law, and Jewish Identity”
  • Professor Jonathan Judaken, Rhodes College, “Should Jews be Alarmed? Rethinking the New Antisemitism”
  • Professor Rochelle Millen, “Becoming and Being a Jewish Woman: Contemporary Reflections”
  • Professor Anthony Polonsky, Brandeis University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “Coming to Terms with the Dark Past: Confronting the Holocaust in Poland and Lithuania”
  • Dr. Rosa Perelmuter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “The Jewish community of Cuba: Then and Now”
  • Professor Lee Shai Weissbach, University of Louisville: “Synagogue Buildings and the Patterns of American and Jewish Life” and “The Jewish History of Small-town America”
  • Esther Dischereit, German author and playwright, “Exercises in Being Jewish.”
  • Screening of The Fighter, followed by Q & A with Arnost Lustig, Czech Writer and Holocaust Survivor
  • Nadim Sheiban, “Life in Jerusalem as a Christian Israeli Arab”
  • Rabbi Michael Ungar, ’85, Tifereth Israel in Columbus, Ohio, “An Isolated Community on an Isolated Island: the Jews of Cuba”
  • Rabbi Steven Leder, Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, “Race and Class in America”
  • Noam Weiner, “My Experience in the West Bank”