Exceptional Opportunities & Engaging Programming

The Eastern Michigan University Center for Jewish Studies was formally introduced at a ceremony involving Senator Carl Levin on February 23, 2012. Since that time, the Center has grown and developed significantly. The Center for Jewish Studies provides exceptional curricular and travel opportunities for EMU students and offers accessible and engaging programming to enrich both the EMU and Southeast Michigan communities. The center operates with a combination of university and community support.  

For EMU Students, the Center for Jewish Studies provides excellent educational opportunities including travel courses with excellent faculty to places like New York, Poland, and Israel; high quality programming that brings the richness of Jewish cultural, intellectual, and religious life to campus and the community; and a Jewish Studies minor. 

The EMU Center for Jewish Studies brings a range of excellent programming—some cultural like musical acts or comedians, and others more academic—to the Southeast Michigan Community. All our programs, which are free and open to the public, aspire to be timely and relevant to contemporary discussions as well as accessible and engaging for non-academic audiences.

EMU Center for Jewish Studies Lecture Series

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2023-24 Lecture Series: Coloring Jewish Comics
In the early twentieth century, the Jewish presence in the comics industry was largely invisible. Over the last century, most Jewish creators have ceased publishing under anglicized pseudonyms, and are more openly themselves. Enjoy this recording of Dr. Miriam Eve Mora, discussing the history of Jews in the comics industry, ongoing trends in Jewish representation, and the future of Jewish comics.
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2023-24 Lecture Series: Curating Jewish Washington
Please enjoy this recording of 'Curating Jewish Washington: Encounters with History and Public Memory', where Dr. Eric S. Yellin, a historian and professor at the University of Richmond, discusses his experiences developing the inaugural exhibitions of the new Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum in Washington, DC. This talk was originally put on in person on Eastern Michigan University's campus, hosted by the EMU Center for Jewish Studies.
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From Auschwitz to the NBA
Dan Grunfeld shares his family's improbable journey from the Holocaust to sports stardom. Dan's dad, Ernie Grunfeld, is the only professional athlete in the history of major American sports whose parents survived the Holocaust. The Grunfeld's story is captured in Dan's book, By the Grace of the Game, and Dan will discuss the lessons of survival, perseverance, and hope that are featured prominently in his family’s journey.