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A Word on the Weekend's Violence from the Director of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies

The Director of TIJS reflects on the attacks on Israel over the weekend and on the challenges of returning to the Jewish Studies classroom after Fall Break. 
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Robert Billups Reflects on TIJS Research Experience in London

Billups, a sixth-year PhD candidate, traveled to the British National Archives to research international patterns of antisemitism and their intersections with the US civil rights movement’s opposition.
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Special Event: "The City Without Jews" (1924) Cine-Concert: A Silent Film with Live Music

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of The City Without Jews, H.K. Breslauer’s long-neglected silent film set in the fictional Austrian city of Utopia. When the town’s government passes a law excommunicating all Jews its residents are flabbergasted - an uncanny foreshadowing of events to come in Europe. This viewing will feature live original music composed and performed by world-renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and celebrated silent film pianist Donald Sosin. The event will feature opening remarks by Prof. Peter Höyng, German Studies.

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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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