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15th Annual Rothschild Lecture to Feature Rachel Kranson on "Religious Misconceptions: American Jews, the First Amendment, and the Politics of Abortion"

Liberal, religious Jews strongly advocated for legal abortion access between the 1970s and the turn of the twenty-first century. Why did they do so, and on what grounds? Join Dr. Kranson as she shares from her ongoing research. In this talk, Kranson will uncover the history of the American Jewish lawyers and activists who advocated for abortion access to be protected by First Amendment guarantees.  
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Revisiting (With) Ethiopian Jewry

Last December TIJS core faculty member Don Seeman had the opportunity to visit Ethiopia for research for the first time since 1993. He was the lone American scholar invited to a first-of-its-kind conference at the University of Gonder in northern Ethiopia: “Jerusalem and Ethiopia Over 3,000 Years."
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Booked and Busy: Get to Know Emory's New Jewish Studies Librarian

As the summer draws to a close, the Emory community excitedly awaits its first academic year with new Jewish Studies area librarian Katalin Rac – a role crucial to the work of the Tam Institute’s faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

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Recent TIJS Graduate Highlight: Dr. Matthew Brittingham

In Spring 2023, Dr. Matthew H. Brittingham earned his PhD, granted with distinction, in Religion (Jewish Religious Cultures) from Emory University.  His dissertation, entitled, "'No Heart for Faith': Depicting Freethinkers and Debating Freethought in the American Yiddish Press (1880s-1920s)," focused on how American Yiddish journalists wrote about freethought and freethinkers during the mass immigration period.
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