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Upcoming Events

Friday, October 14, 2016

4 pm, 501 Cathedral of Learning

Book Celebration for Ryan McDermott and Hannah Johnson

with guest respondent Steven Justine (UC Berkeley): "Historicism (A Eulogy)"

Reception to follow.

Organized by Medieval and Renaissance Studies; co-sponsored with the Department of English.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

5:30-7:30 pm. 407 Cathedral of Learning

Lecture by Lucy Fischer:  "Art Nouveau, The Horror Film and 'The Jew in the Text'"

Pittsburgh Film Colloquium Series.  For more information:


Sunday, October 30, 2016

An evening at Pinsker’s Books and Judaica/Cafe Eighteen, 2028 Murray Ave, 

Lecture by Laurence Roth (Susquehanna University): "My Father’s Inventory: A History of Jewish Bookstores on the Lower East Side," followed by a discussion of the past, present, and future, of Jewish bookstores in America with Professor Roth, and Brad Perelman, owner of Pinsker’s and


Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 4:30 pm

Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration with German Department

Place TBA


Fall 2016 Courses

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Hebrew 1


Js 0013

MTWThF 10 - 10:50 AM

Haya Feig

Intermediate Hebrew 3


JS 0025

MWF 11 - 11:50 AM

Haya Feig

Advanced Hebrew

JS 0037

TTh 11 AM - 12:15 PM

Haya Feig

Myth in the Ancient Near East

JS 0090/RELGST 0090

MW 3 - 4:15 PM

Benjamin Gordon

U.S. and the Holocaust


JS 0283/ HIST 0678/ REGLST 0283

TuTh 1 - 2:15 PM

Barbara Burstin

U.S. and the Holocaust

JS 0283/ RELGST 0283/ HIST 0678

TTh 2:30 - 3:45 PM

Barbara Burstin

Detective Fiction

*new course*

JS 0625/ ENGLIT 0625

Th 6-8:30 pm

Uma Satyavolu

Introduction to Holocaust Literature

JS 1253/ITAL 1079/ENGLIT 1719

MW 3-4:15 pm

Lina Insana

American Jewish Experience

JS 1260/ HIST 1677/ RELGST 1260

TuTh 11 - 12:15 PM

Barbara Burstin

Politics of Contemporary Middle East

JS 1383/ HIST 1763

M 6 - 8:25 PM

Luke Peterson