Friday, January 19, 2018

HALPERN AWARD FOR 2018-2019 now accepting applications


for students in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
funded by the Ethel M. Halpern Endowed Fund for Students.

APPLICATIONS DUE:                                    February 28, 2018
FOR ACTIVITY:                                               May 1, 2018-April 30, 2019

Undergraduate OR Graduate students are invited to apply for funding for any of the following:
  • travel or living expenses associated with a study abroad experience involving Jewish studies;
  • travel or living expenses associated with participation in a summer language program in Hebrew, Yiddish, or another language relevant to Jewish studies;
  • travel or living expenses associated with participation in an unpaid internship program directly connected to Jewish studies;
  • travel expenses related to other study or research in Jewish studies;
  • purchase of books or other materials related to research in Jewish studies.

Halpern Awards may be held in conjunction with other University and external funding in cases where the project costs exceed $1000.   

The following application materials must be received by 4 pm, Wednesday February 28, 2018
In a single PDF file to
  • a cover sheet with the following information: the student’s name, Peoplesoft number, preferred mailing address, telephone number, Pitt e-mail address, a title for their project, and a brief (2-3 sentence) description of the proposed activities
  • a statement of purpose (2-3 double-spaced pages) explaining the proposed activities in greater detail and how the activities will further the student’s studies;
  • a detailed budget of all anticipated expenses related to the proposed activities, including a list of other aid applied for and whether that aid has been granted or is pending, and a statement of the amount (up to $1000) requested from the Halpern Fund
  • the student’s academic advisement transcript

·         a letter of recommendation from a Pitt faculty member familiar with the student’s academic work and the proposed project should be e-mailed

·         official transcripts from any previous undergraduate institutions;

Any full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the Dietrich School who will be enrolled at Pitt in AY 2018-2019 is eligible. Preference will be given to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in at least one Jewish studies class (including Hebrew language) at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Students are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director to discuss their ideas prior to applying.  For any questions about the award, please contact:  Adam Shear, Director, Jewish Studies,

Friday, January 12, 2018

Jewsh Studies Program Events Spring 2018

More to come but this is a good start, don't you think?

Wednesday January 17, 2018, 7 pm- 9 pm, Cathedral of Learning 407
Film:  “A Serious Man” with post-film discussion led by Religious studies majors Sarah Koros and Kenneth Wahrenberger
Thursday January 18, 2018, 5 pm- 6:30 pm, Cathedral of Learning 602
Anne Knowles (University of Maine)
Humanities Center Lecture:
“Telling Spatial Stories of the Holocaust”
Sunday January 21, 2018, 10 am-12 noon, at Tree of Life Congregation,
Justin Cammy (Smith College)
Community Lecture:
“When Yiddish Was Young”
Monday January 22, 2018, 12-1:30 pm, Cathedral of Learning 501
Justin Cammy (Smith)
Jewish Studies Colloquium:
“When Yiddish Was Dead: Challenges of Translating  Sutzkever's Memoir of the Vilna Ghetto”  
Bring a lunch; coffee and dessert provided
Thursday February 15, 2018, 6:30 pm-8 pm, Cathedral of Learning 602
Samantha Baskind (Cleveland State University)
Jewish Studies Lecture:
“The Holocaust in Graphic Novels”
Tuesday, March 20,2018, 2:30 pm -3:45 pm, Location TBA
Marijke Brown (child Holocaust survivor and Pitt Social Work Alum)
Jewish Studies Lecture:
“A Hidden Child's Journey”
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7 pm, Rodef Shalom Congregation
Author Conversation with Ruby Namdar, The Ruined House
Monday March 26, 2018, 4:30-6 pm, Cathedral of Learning 501
Armin Langer  (German activist)
Jewish Studies/Religious Studies Lecture and Conversation:
“Jewish-Muslim Alliances and Rivalries in Europe: My Experiences with the Salaam-Schalom Initiative, an Interfaith activist Group Standing for a Peaceful Co-existence between Jews, Muslims, and Allies”
Wednesday March 28, 2018, 7 pm, Rodef Shlalom Congregation
Author Conversation with Abigail Pogrebin, My Jewish Year  
Sunday April 8, 2018, time TBD, at Heinz History Center
Student research presentations “Jews and the City”
Monday April 9, 2018 4:30-6 pm, Cathedral of Learning 602
Andrew Porwancher  (University of Oklahoma)
Jewish Studies and History Department Colloguium:
"Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?”
Thursday April 26, 2018- Sunday May 6, 2018, Venues TBA
JFilm Festival: Watch for “Film Schmoozes” -- post-film discussions led by Pitt faculty an guests. 
May 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM, Rodef Shalom Congregation
Author Conversation with Peter Gethers , My Mother’s Kitchen

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fellowship Information Sessions: DAAD

DAAD Graduate Scholarships Information Session
Tuesday, October 10 
4:30 PM
4130 Posvar Hall 

DAAD Graduate Scholarships provide funding for graduate study or research in all fields in Germany. Not all fields require German language proficiency. U.S. citizenship is NOT required. Campus nomination deadline is October 24, 2017. Direct apply deadline is November 4, 2017.

DAAD Undergraduate Programs Information Session
Monday, October 30
5:00 PM
Cathedral of Learning 35th Floor

DAAD provides opportunities for undergraduates to go to Germany to study, perform summer research, learn the German language, and more. U.S. citizenship is NOT required. Deadlines run between December 1, 2017 and late-January 2018, depending on program.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

JS Brown-Bag Talk: "Isis's Writings on Jews and Judaism"

Younus Mirza (Allegheny College)
Monday April 3, 2017, 12 noon-1:30 pm; 602 CL (Humanities Center)
Jewish Studies Brown Bag Colloquium:
"ISIS's Writings on Jews and Judaism: Its Appropriation of Medieval Muslim Views"
Made possible by the Cardin Fund for Jewish Studies

Professor Mirza has shared his site with us so you can get a sense of his wide range of work in medieval and modern Muslim intellectual history and his work on intersections of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity in the Middle Ages:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

West Chester U: MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, offers a Master of Arts and a graduate certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and is currently accepting applications. This 10 course MA program features courses in history, philosophy, psychology, language arts, and other related subjects. Graduates of the program have gone on to work in academia, Holocaust education, public history, and human rights advocacy.

Applications are welcome from any undergraduate discipline. Applicants must possess, and provide evidence of, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education; must have a GPA of no less than 2.8; and must complete an online registration form complete with letters of recommendation. The application can be accessed at:

The program offers a limited number of scholarships, awarded to students based on academic criteria, including a part-time graduate assistantship and the Irene G. Shur Graduate Scholarship.

For more information about West Chester University’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Master of Arts program, please consult our website:

Or contact the director of the program: Dr. Jonathan C. Friedman
Professor of History Wayne Hall 425

West Chester University West Chester, PA 19383
Please make a note of Summer Institute, June 25-29 - "Large-Scale Violence and Its Aftermaths"  - constituting a two-day conference (June 25-26) on the United States followed by three days of intensive break-outs. I hope you and your students will join us for this unusual and timely confab.
Master of Arts in
                                          Holocaust & Genocide
                                          Studies at Kean University

Large-Scale Violence and Its Aftermaths Summer Institute
Kean University | June 25-29, 2017

Kean University's Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocides Studies Program invites scholars, practitioners and human rights advocates to a multi-day summer institute in June, titled Large-Scale Violence and Its Aftermaths.

Sunday-Monday, June 25-26
Conference to Explore Large-Scale Violence in the United States

Tuesday-Thursday, June 27-29
Working Groups to Examine Societies Around the World

Participants of the summer institute will explore tested and contested means of dealing with collective violence and atrocities against vulnerable communities, including crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. Non-state, civil-society alternatives that could secure and/or transform future societies will also be examined.

For more information or to register, visit Discounts are available for those attending both segments of the summer institute.​

Questions? Contact Dennis Klein, Ph.D., director of Kean's M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, at (908) 737-0256 or

Co-organized by Kean University's Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, and the Cardozo Law School’s Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic, with support by Kean University​'s​ Human Rights Institute​, ​Jewish Studies​ Program and ​Office​ of Academic Affairs.​

Auschwitz Institute for
                                          Peace & Reconciliation at
                                          Kean University   Cardozo Law Institute for
                                          Holocaust & Human Rights
                                          at Kean University