Center for Jewish Studies

About the Center

The content of our programming organically integrates the contemporary issues that are most important to our constituents, with a range of perspectives and methods unique to Jewish Studies. In so doing, we place Jewish Studies squarely at the center of the intellectual and cultural life of the campus and illuminate the central role that Jewish creativity has played in helping to shape human civilization for over three thousand years.

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May 25, 2017: Radical Jewish Politics Workshop 

May 24, 2017: UCSC Night at the Museum – Radical Jewish Politics: From Marx to Bernie

May 16, 2017: Susan Gilson Miller: “Vicky on Trial: Cooperation, Collaboration and Confrontation in Wartime Morocco” 

April 26, 2017: The Politic of Belonging: Moroccan Communist Jews, French Empire, and Nationalisms in the 20th Century

April 19, 2017: The Helen Diller Family Endowment Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies 

April 12, 2017: Jewish Studies Open House 

February 22, 2017: Digital Space & Diffcult History: Curating The African American and Holocaust Museums 

November 14, 2016: Clive Sinclair: “One City, Seven Shylocks: Venice’s Most Famous Son Comes Home” 

June 28th – July 5th, 2016: Summer Workshop in Venice for Early Career Scholars on Liminal Spaces and Jewish Identity

April 26, 2016: Tony Michels: “Soviet America: The Russian Revolution In Jewish Life”


February 24, 2016: Todd Presner: “The Ethics of the Algorithm: Holocaust Testimony and Digital Humanities”

February 23, 2016: Liminal Spaces and the Jewish Imagination II: The Venice Ghetto at 500 and the Future of Memory

May 31, 2015: Film Screening of Hannah Arendt

May 18, 2015: Maurice Samuels: “French Universalism and the Jews: Anti-Antisemitism and the Right to Difference”

February 18-19, 2015: Liminal Spaces and the Jewish Imagination Conference

May 22, 2014: Ken Waltzer and Film Screening: Kinderblock 66

March 5, 2014: Naftali Rothenberg: “Jewish Identity in Contemporary Israel: Between Separatism and Cohesion”

February 4, 2014: Helen Diller Family Endowment Lecture with Steven J. Zipperstein “How the 1903 Kishinev Pogrom Changed Jewish History”

January 30, 2014: North French Hebrew Miscellany

November 13, 2013: An Evening with Peter Kenez, Murray Baumgarten, and Lee Jaffe

November 5, 2014: Murray Baumgarten: “The Letters Propelled Me: Resisting Kristallnacht Then and Now”

November 4, 2013: Debarati Sanyal: “Camus’s Afterlives: From the Holocaust to the Age of Terror”

May 8, 2013: Helen Diller Family Endowment Lecture with Ari Kelman: “Learning to be Jewish”

April 28, 2013: Leviathan Jewish Journal 40th Anniversary

April 16, 2013: Adriana M. Brodsky: “Becoming Jewish-Argentines: Marriage choice, and the construction of a Jewish Argentine Identity (1920-1960)”

March 8, 2013: James Young: “Stages of Memory: In Berlin & New York

February 25, 2013: David Myers: “A Hasidic Town in New York? As American as Apple Pie?”

February 13, 2013: Dora Sorell: “Tell the Children”

February 11, 2013: Michael Thaler: “Role of Bio-Science and Medicine in Nazi Radical Policies and the Holocaust”

January 28, 2013: Clive Sinclair: “Zion Down Under, or Israel through the Looking Glass”

December 3, 2012: Ethan Michaeli: “Between Memory and History: Growing Up in the Shadow of the Holocaust”

November 15, 2012: William Wells: “Keeping Faith in Word and Spirit: Translating the Work of Two Jewish/Italian Poets”

November 7, 2012: Anat Gilboa: “Rembrandt’s Depictions of Jewish Themes”

May 22-24, 2011: Women, Jews and Venetians