Eastern Michigan University's Interdisciplinary Jewish Studies program offers courses concerned with the history of the Jewish people, a story of survival under extraordinary circumstances. It considers the cultural and intellectual gifts Jews have given the world. It also focuses on the Jewish faith, its richness, its intricacy, its demands, as well as its complex and fascinating relationships with other religions.
This program draws on faculty expertise from throughout university. It engages students in a wide realm of co-curricular activities including lectures and study abroad opportunities. EMU's program in Jewish Studies provides a gathering place for EMU's numerous ethnic communities to learn more about Jews and Judaism, a space to build bridges, to open and engage in discourse, to create new understandings between Jews and the many other groups that comprise the diverse culture of southeast Michigan.
Faculty Advisory Board Members
- Martin B. Shichtman, professor of English/Director EMU Jewish Studies
- Jessica Alexander, professor of Communications, Media, and Theater Arts
- Jeffrey Bernstein, professor of Political Science
- Pamela Landau, lecturer/Psychology, coordinator for the Minor in Human Sexuality
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