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Welcome to the Jewish Studies Program

A special welcome to the Class of 2019 arriving for PittStart sessions!


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Upcoming Events

Thursday October 8, 2015,   8:00 pm         

at Pittsburgh Public Theater, Downtown                

PittArts & Hillel-JUC night at The Diary of Anne Frank       

with an introduction by Rachel Kranson (University of Pittsburgh)

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Saturday October 10-Sunday October 11, 2015    

"Found in Translation:  A  Conference on the World History of Science, 1200-1600 CE"

This international conference addresses Islamic, Latin, Hebrew, African, Chinese, South Asian, Eurasian, and American scientific endeavors,  traditions, and interactions.

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Monday, October 19, 2015, 4:30-6:30 pm

602 Cathedral of Learning

"From Jewish to Black: The Strange Career of the Word Ghetto"

Lecture by Daniel B. Schwartz (George Washington University)

Tuesday October 20, 2015, 12 noon-1:30 pm         

4217 Posvar Hall                 

"Europe's Jews: Past, Present, Future?"       

EUCE/ESC  "Conversations on Europe" Series Roundtable

Ron Linden (Political Science, University of Pittsburgh), Moderator and Guests

Monday October 26,  7:00-8:30 pm           

English Nationality Room, 144 CL                

"The America that Greeted the Diary of Anne Frank:  Postwar Jews and the Memory of the Holocaust"                 

Lecture by Hasia Diner (New York University)

Coffee with Professor Diner for interested graduate students, 3-4 pm, RSVP to Rachel Kranson ( if interested in attending.

Thursday October 29-Friday October 30, 2015         

“History and its Discontents: Commemoration in Italy and the Francophone World” 

Conference in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Department of French and Italian.

Thursday November 5, 2015, 7:00 PM      

Studio Theatre, Basement of Cathedral of Learning          

Performance and Lecture "The Mitzvah Project"with Roger Grunwald

Thursday December 3, 2015, 7:00-8:30 pm

501 Cathedral of Learning, English Department Conference Room

“The Mystery of the Hebrew Detective”

Lecture by Dror Mishani, Israeli literary critic and best-selling mystery novelist

New course for Fall 2015:  "HEBREW 1.5"

If you have some Hebrew language background, are too advanced for Hebrew 1, and would like to perfect your skills in order to place into Hebrew 2 in the Spring Term or bone up on basic "survival" skills for travel in Israel, this course is for you. Offered for 3 credit hours, "Hebrew 1.5" is open to a limited number of students who will receive instruction tailored to their skill level and reason for studying the language. The course is taught "Ulpan style.” Emphasis is placed on developing speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills resulting in basic proficiency in modern Hebrew. Class will meet Monday evenings 6-8:25 pm.

Interested? Contact the instructor, Haya Feig feig [at] pitt [dot] edu, for permission to enroll; then register for JEWISH STUDIES 1902: DIRECTED STUDY (CRN 29700)