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Welcome, Dr. Kaneh-Shalit, our Israel Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year!

Learn more about Dr. Tamar Kaneh-Shalit:

Congratulations to the 2015 winners of the Don Kunitz Award for Academic Excellence In Jewish Studies!

Short Essay Winner: Natascha Starr

First Prize Research Paper: Lara France

Second Prize Research Paper: Jack Mizes

The Don Kunitz Award Call for Submissions

**If you took a JS course in Spring 2015 and did well, please consider submitting your work!**

1. Email your paper as an attachment to

2. In your email, make sure to include the following information: your full name, phone number, permanent address, and the course title and instructor's name.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis with a FINAL DEADLINE of APRIL 3, 2016.




RST 131: Genocide    MW 11-1:30PM     128 Bainer

Instructor: Amila Becirbegovic   CRN:53926

This course focuses on a comparative approach to the modern phenomenon of genocide. It is based on the proposition that genocide can be studied from a comparative, critical and theoretical perspective, while simultaneously preserving the specificity and distinctive nature of each genocidal moment. Several genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries will be analyzed through media, technology and visual culture. Additionally, this course will examine atrocity remembrance and commemoration for each genocidal case, including the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide and the Ethnic Cleansing of the Balkans.

Jewish Studies Faculty in the News!

Jewish Studies Faculty in the News!

Watch an interview with Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History David Biale:

With a resurgence of anti-Semitism across Europe, promoting Jewish culture can be a powerful vehicle for confronting anti-Semitism and strengthening a positive Jewish identity. Here in Germany, the Jewish Studies Department at Frankfurt University continues its highly respected conference series on the cultural history of the Jews with American historian David Biale, a leading international expert on Jewish history and culture. With Jewish communities now present in 75 countries, Jewish culture and Jewish identity are beginning to play an increasingly larger role in a globalized, multicultural world.