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Program Director's Welcome 2019-2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to welcome you back for the 2019-2020 academic year at UC San Diego. After a summer of research and travel, I and my colleagues are excited to meet the Freshman class of 2023 and begin a year of teaching and writing.

We look forward to hosting several exciting public events this year. Our annual Katzin lecture will be delivered by Professor James Loeffler (U. Virginia), author of the critically acclaimed Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century. We will also host lectures by Prof. David Shyovitz, a scholar of medieval Jewish history at Northwestern University, and Prof. Devin Naar, a historian of Sephardic Studies at the University of Washington. Together with UCSD’s New Writing Series we will be hosting Mira Jacob, author/illustrator of the graphic novel Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations; and together with the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative, we will be hosting a lecture by the best-selling Israeli fiction writer, Etgar Keret. 

Under the guidance of Professor Deborah Hertz and Dr. Susanne Hillman, The Holocaust Living History Workshop is presenting a stimulating series of speakers, and the Jewish Studies program is pleased to be working with the HLHW to bring the Grammy Awards nominated musical project, “Yiddish Glory,” to UCSD.

UCSD is pleased to be taking part in several conferences this year. This fall, Professor Thomas Levy will be hosting a series of “Israel Archaeology Land and Sea Lightning Sessions” at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This December the annual Association for Jewish Studies convention will be taking place in San Diego, and UCSD’s Jewish Studies Program, together with our colleagues at San Diego State, will be hosting an evening dessert reception for colleagues and alumni on Sunday, December 15 at 8:30pm. I hope that those of you who attend the convention will stop by and join us! I am also personally very excited to share that in April 2020, UCSD will be hosting an international conference on “Crimea in the Jewish Imagination: A Geography on the Outside.” The conference will be free and open to the public, and will begin with a keynote panel on Sunday evening, April 26.

The Jewish Studies Program is excited to welcome three visiting scholars, which hosted in collaboration with the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative: Professor Jay Rothman joins the UCSD’s Global Policy School (GPS) from Graduate Program on Conflict Resolution and Negotiation at Bar-Ilan University. Marik Shtern is a postdoctoral scholar and will be lecturing in Urban Studies and Planning. Gilad Shtienberg joins UCSD for a second year as a postdoctoral scholar working on human settlement during the Biblical periods along Israel’s northern Mediterranean coast.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Andrianna Martinez for her hard work helping to build our program over the last two years. Andrianna will be leaving us this fall to accept a prestigious position in curriculum building at SDSU. We are grateful for her work with us and wish her much luck.

Best wishes for the start of the academic year and upcoming High Holidays.


Amelia Glaser
Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature 
Director, Jewish Studies Program
UC San Diego