Jewish Studies Program at Miami University
The Jewish Arts & Culture Series is meant to facilitate conversation between Miami students and Miami faculty members working on (or simply knowledgeable about) any aspect of Jewish culture. It provides an enjoyable way for students to get to know the wide range of faculty members at Miami with interests in things Jewish. By engaging students in a cultural setting, the series also aims to fill an important need for all Miami students interested in Jewish culture, and for Jewish students wishing to be involved in the campus Jewish community, whether as an alternative or as a compliment to religious events and services.
Posen Lectures in Modern Jewish Culture, an interdisciplinary lecture series featuring internationally renowned scholars, hopes to build bridges and foster conversation across the humanities at Miami and in the greater Oxford community. All of the lectures are free and open to the public.
View the Spring 2011 Posen Lecture Series schedule. [PDF]
View our Archive of Past Events. [PDF]
Miami's Program in Jewish Studies was awarded a Posen Foundation grant for the academic year 2006/07. The grant, in the amount of $50,000 and renewable upon review for 2007/08 and 2008/09, supports the development of new courses on aspects of secular Jewish culture, as well as activities to complement such courses. This generous support is making it possible for us to work with departments and programs across the humanities to recruit dynamic new faculty to the Program in Jewish Studies; to bring renown speakers to campus for lectures and classroom visits; and to expand significantly Miami libraries' holdings in areas related to the many new Jewish Studies courses we are developing and will be implementing over the coming years.
The Program in Jewish Studies, Miami University Libraries, Miami Hillel, and the Lane Public Library partnered in 2005 for a Jewish literature discussion series funded by the American Library Association and Nextbook. The $1500 grant enabled each participant to receive a free book and a delicious dinner for each of the 5-book discussion series on the theme "Between Two Worlds: Stories of Estrangement and Homecoming." Participants were roughly equally divided between members of the Miami and the wider Oxford community. We are again recipients of this grant, and the amount has been increased to $5,000 for a book discussion series to span Fall 2007-Spring 2008. The Women's Center of Miami University has been added to the list of partners, and participants will again enjoy a free book, great food and lively discussion. The theme for Fall 2007 was "Your Heart's Desire: Sex and Love in Jewish Literature." The Spring 2008 theme is "A Mind of Her Own: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World." For details, please contact librarian Frances Weinstein Yates (firstname.lastname@example.org).