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Upcoming Events

Friday, September 2, 2016

9:00 - 11:00 AM, Cathedral of Learning Commons Room

Donuts and Coffee Open House

All are welcome to meet Jewish Studies Faculty and Staff and hear about courses, programs, and opportunities for 2016-2017!


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

7:00 PM, McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University

Lecture by Father Patrick Desbois on his work on Holocaust commemoration, Catholic-Jewish Relations, and combating antisemitism.

Organized by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh

Free for students with ID.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

10:00 AM, Heinz History Center

Book launch with forward written by Rachel Kranson (Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Pitt)

More details coming soon!


Monday, September 26, 2016

3:00 PM, Connolly Ballroom - Alumni Hall

Lecture by Katharina Hering: “Holocaust Reparation and Restitution Files in German State Archives: Institutional Approaches to Managing Ethical and Technical Challenges for Providing Access”


Organized by School of Information Science

Kosher reception to follow


Fall 2016 Courses

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Hebrew 1


Js 0013

MTWThF 10 - 10:50 AM

Haya Feig

Intermediate Hebrew 3


JS 0025

MWF 11 - 11:50 AM

Haya Feig

Advanced Hebrew

JS 0037

TTh 11 AM - 12:15 PM

Haya Feig

Myth in the Ancient Near East

JS 0090/RELGST 0090

MW 3 - 4:15 PM

Benjamin Gordon

U.S. and the Holocaust


JS 0283/ HIST 0678/ REGLST 0283

TuTh 1 - 2:15 PM

Barbara Burstin

U.S. and the Holocaust

JS 0283/ RELGST 0283/ HIST 0678

TTh 2:30 - 3:45 PM

Barbara Burstin

Detective Fiction

*new course*

JS 0625/ ENGLIT 0625

Th 6-8:30 pm

Uma Satyavolu

Introduction to Holocaust Literature

JS 1253/ITAL 1079/ENGLIT 1719

MW 3-4:15 pm

Lina Insana

American Jewish Experience

JS 1260/ HIST 1677/ RELGST 1260

TuTh 11 - 12:15 PM

Barbara Burstin

Politics of Contemporary Middle East

JS 1383/ HIST 1763

M 6 - 8:25 PM

Luke Peterson