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March 15, 2012 5:45 AM
The Jewish studies program at Tulane University has come into its own. When students attend fall semester courses, the program will be a stand-alone department within the School of Liberal Arts.
Nearly 30 years after the Jewish studies program was established by Joe Cohen, the Department of Jewish Studies opens its doors on July 1. Jewish studies courses are in demand, with more than 400 students enrolling in them each semester.
With the establishment of the department, Tulane can expand Jewish studies curricular offerings, says Michael Cohen, director of the Jewish studies program.
“The number of Jewish studies majors and minors has grown enormously, and we have to serve them well with a full program,” Cohen says.
The department’s emphasis is on the modern Jewish experience, rather than religion. In the lower-level courses, about a third of the students are not Jewish.
Cohen, whose expertise is in the modern history of Jews, is one of five Sizeler Professors of Jewish Studies at Tulane; the others are Ronna Burger (philosophy), Brian Horowitz (German and Slavic languages), Marline Otte (history) and Gary Remer (political science).
“Jews have played a very important role in American history,” Cohen says. “Students are starting to see it as a valuable area of study. We look at the human experience from a particular focus perspective. Looking at the totality of the Jewish experience can teach you a lot about the world … it’s America, it’s Europe, it’s the Middle East.”
The fledgling department will host more guest lecturers and special events with visiting scholars. Tom Freudenheim, who has a 40-year career in museums, will speak on “Do Holocaust Museums Matter?” on April 18 at 7 p.m. at Tulane Hillel, with support from the Center for Scholars. Freudenheim, a visiting fellow at Goodenough College in London, was assistant secretary for museums for the Smithsonian Institution.
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Utopias and dystopias are topics of Jewish studies conference
Feb 14, 2013. The Tulane Jewish Studies Department is hosting an international conference on “Jewish Secular Utopias and Dystopias in Israel, America and Eastern Europe,” with funding from the Center for Cultural Judaism in New York. Zeev Sternhell, Leon Blum Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will give the keynote lecture on “Utopia and Its Enemies.” Read more here.
The Genesis of Conservative Judaism
Dec 6, 2012. Conservative Judaism, which in the years following World War II was the largest branch of Jewish observance in America, is the subject of a book by Tulane Jewish studies scholar Michael Cohen. Read more here.
Jewish learning festival comes to campus
Mar 7, 2012. On Saturday night (March 10) and all day on Sunday (March 11), more than 400 Jews of all ages, interests and denominations will come together to celebrate Jewish learning and community at LimmudFest on the Tulane uptown campus. Read more here.
Sushi and Jewish Films?
Sept 14, 2010. A Jewish studies movie and sushi? What could be a more natural combination? Read more here.
Jewish Film Sushi Series Returns
Feb 3, 2010. As part of the Jewish Film Sushi Series at Tulane, Imagining Peace will be screened today (Feb. 3) at 7:30 p.m. in the Woldenberg Art Center's Stone Auditorium on the Tulane uptown campus. Read more here.
Center for Cultural Judaism Convenes on Campus
Mar 18, 2010. A gathering of Jewish intellectuals whose expertise lies in Judaism as a vibrant culture — not solely a religion — will convene on the Tulane University uptown campus March 20–22. Read more here.
Of Jews and Judaism
Nov 9, 2009. Where Jews and Judaism intersect can be confusing, said Rabbi Alexis Berk of Touro Synagogue in New Orleans. Read more here.
International Scholars to Discuss Russia's Influence in Israel
Jan 28, 2009. Scholars from around the world, including four from Israel and one from Germany, will come to the Tulane University uptown campus for a conference on “The Expanse of Russia in Israel” sponsored in part by the Tulane Jewish Studies Program. Read more here.
Tales Reveal Meaning
Feb 13, 2009. Fifty students listened as a rabbi from Jerusalem read a blessing in Yiddish and then began to interpret a parable. Read more here.
Jewish Identity and Society
Jun 12, 2009. A new book by Tulane professor Brian Horowitz offers a model of individuals and institutions struggling with a concern central to Jews in America and around the world — how to retain a strong Jewish identity while fully integrating into modern society. Read more here.
Southern Slant on Being Jewish
Jan 22, 2008. What does it mean to be Jewish and Southern? A sociologist in the Jewish studies program at Tulane is especially interested in the topic of identity and religion in post-Katrina New Orleans. Read more here.
Course Explores Power in Jewish History
Nov 19, 2008. The Tulane Jewish Studies Program is offering a course this semester that provides two scholarly takes on Jewish history. Read more here.
Holocaust in Words and Images
Jun 11, 2008. Elie Weisel's memoir Night and Steven Spielberg's film Schindler's List are among a number of creative works that have publicly explored the Holocaust. Read more here.
Visiting Profs Boost Jewish, Israeli Studies
Feb 12, 2007. Two visiting professors in the Tulane Jewish Studies Program will help expand this growing, multidisciplinary field in which Tulane is taking a leading role. Read more here.
Jewish Studies Library Rescues Rare Hebrew Texts
Aug 29, 2007. Rosalie Cohen, once the grand dame of the New Orleans Jewish community, was 95 years old when the city's conditions after Hurricane Katrina forced her to leave her expansive home on Audubon Boulevard in uptown New Orleans with its vast collection of Zionist and Jewish literature, documents, books and art. Read more here.
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