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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.

Announcements:

The Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois invites submissions for the Russian and East European Jewish Cultures Junior Scholar Workshop, to be held in Champaign, Illinois, onMay 21 and May 22, 2018. The workshop is open to advanced graduate students and early career scholars (in their first three years after the PhD). Abstracts and papers should highlight the critical methodologies used in the work. Selected papers will be pre-circulated among the participants, to maximize opportunity for discussion. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet with the Slavic Reference Service.

To be considered, please send your 400 word abstract and CV by December 15, 2017, to eavrutin@illinois.edu and hlmurav@illinois.edu. We will then inform participants who have been selected and ask you to develop a paper of no more than 8,000 words (excluding notes). The workshop will pay for participants’ hotel expenses and meals. Modest travel subsidies may be available if participants are not able to obtain funds from their home universities.

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Fall event schedule HERE

Oct 16-18 Events with Dorit Rabinyan Dorit Rabinyan

HGMS Faculty Seminar Series, Various dates, see Flyer

Monday, Nov. 6, 5 pm, "12 Nazi Concentration Camps" -see flyer

Thursday, Nov. 9, Noon Mara Thacker, UIUC, Workshop

Monday, Nov 13, Noon Sara Feldman, UIUC, Workshop

Link to JS calendar

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