Spring '18 Update--Innovations Abound!
Jewish Studies provided another year of engaging courses to undergraduates as well as innovative co-curricular programs to the entire DFW community.This year featured an exciting alternative spring break trip to Spain as part of a course on Sacred Spaces in the Ancient Mediterranean. Students from Rice University joined the SMU class to study the diverse cultures of medieval Spain. See our newsletter for more in-depth coverage of this year's work.
The fall Nate and and Ann Levine Lecture welcomed eminent Talmudic scholar from Yale University Christine Hayes who spoke on “What’s Divine about Divine Law?” The spring Lecture brought Aaron Lansky, founding Director of the National Yiddish Book Center, who discussed his rescue of over a million Yiddish books at the third annual One Day Jewish University.
The highlight of this year’s lunch lectures was an exploration of anti-Judaism in the church music of J.S. Bach as presented in Lauren Belfer’s novel, After the Fire (Lunch Lecture Explores Intolerance in Bach’s Music).
This fall SMUJS is partnering with the Meadows School of the Arts to bring an exhibit featuring the underground resistance magazine Vedem (“Vanguard”) produced in the Theresienstadt Nazi camp.
SMU Jewish Studies continues to flourish and expand its programs, but we urgently need your financial support. Please make a gift today.
--Shira Lander, PhD
SMU Jewish Studies in the News