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English Building at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

The English Building at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, home of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society

Welcome!

The Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois is among the most exciting and unique programs in the country. Along with the religious aspects of Judaism, it places special emphasis on the social and cultural dimensions of Jewish life, from the difficult existence in early modern Europe to the literary glories of the early 20th century and from the history of Jewish immigration to the United States to everyday life in Israel today. In addition to scholarship in the field of religion, it thus draws on a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. This interdisciplinary approach allows students to explore anthropology, history, political science, economics, as well as languages and literatures within a Jewish Studies context.

The Program is committed to supporting all undergraduate and graduate students desiring to study Jewish culture and society in the spirit of free and open inquiry appropriate to a public, secular university. In addition to a broad range of courses, we offer a major and minor in Jewish Studies as well as many opportunities for graduate studies with a concentration in Jewish culture and society.

Each semester, the program also awards scholarships, provides research support to faculty, and sponsors conferences, lectures, and workshops in the field of Jewish Studies.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS


LECTURE BY
DIANNE HARRIS

Sept. 3, 2013

LECTURE BY
MOSHE HALBERTAL

Sept. 12, 2013

VISIT BY
PAUL MENDES-FLOHR

Sept. 16-19, 2013

LECTURE BY WILLIAM KINDERMAN
Sept. 24, 2013

CONFERENCE "DIASPORIC MEMORIES, COMPARATIVE METHODOLOGIES"
Nov. 1-2, 2013

VISIT BY
CHRISTINE HAYES
March 10-11, 2014

VISIT BY
CLAUDIA KOONZ
March 31 - April 1, 2014