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Jewish Studies Colloquium

Hasia Diner presents "Writing American Jewish History: An Irish Project" at the Jewish Studies Colloquium on April 16, 2024.

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Modern European Jewish Studies

The Tauber Institute is devoted to the study of modern European Jewish history, thought, culture and society.

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New Titles

"Antisemitism and the Politics of History" edited by Scott Ury and Guy Miron and "Jewish Universalisms: Mendelssohn, Cohen, and Humanity's Highest Good" by Jeremy Fogel

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Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry

The Tauber Institute Series is dedicated to publishing compelling and innovative approaches to the study of modern European Jewish history, thought, culture and society.

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Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought

This library aims to redefine the canon of modern Jewish thought by publishing primary source readings from individual Jewish thinkers or groups of thinkers in reliable English translations.

The Tauber Institute is devoted to the study of modern European Jewish history, thought, culture and society. It has a special interest in studying the Holocaust and its aftermath within the context of modern European intellectual, political and social history.

The institute is organized on a multidisciplinary basis with the participation of scholars in Jewish studies, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, literature and other disciplines. The institute was founded in 1980 as a result of a major benefaction by Dr. Laszlo N. Tauber and is named in honor of his parents.

Classes with Faculty Associates

The Tauber Institute is pleased to announce the Spring 2024 classes taught by our esteemed faculty associates:

ChaeRan Freeze
Gender, Ghettos, and the Geographies of Early Modern Jews (NEJS 140B)
Examines Jewish history and culture in early modern Europe: mass conversions on the Iberian peninsula, migrations, reconversions back to Judaism, the printing revolution, the Reformation and Counter Reformation, ghettos, gender, family, everyday life, material culture, communal structure, rabbinical culture, mysticism, magic, science, messianic movements, Hasidism, mercantilism, and early modern challenges to Judaism.

Laura Jockusch
The Craft of Holocaust Research: Questions, Sources, Interpretations and Debates (NEJS 247)
Provides an introduction to the emergence and development of Holocaust studies as an academic discipline. It will acquaint students with the main questions and sources of the historical scholarship and teach them to critically analyze the works of the major historians of the Holocaust.

Eugene Sheppard
Antisemitism: an Intellectual History (NEJS 117A)
Engages a variety of accounts regarding the origins and developments of the elusive meanings of antisemitism from antiquity to the present. We will focus primarily on the generative tensions between hostile views and acts against Jews/Judaism and Jewish reactions to these phenomena. We will delve into the ever shifting, but often recurring, complex of terms, ideas, beliefs, myths, symbols, and tropes which fuel the antisemitic imagination and forms the reservoir for potential violent action.

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