Katz Center News


  • Video of the January 29 panel discussion, "The State of Jewish Politics," is now available. More information about the program and a link to the video is here.
  • The book resulting from the 2009-2010 fellowship year, Secularism in Question (2015), is stimulating productive discussion in the field. It was the subject of a review forum in the most recent issue of the journal Politics, Religion, and Ideology, where critical essays by David Biale, Robert A. Yelle, Claire Sufrin, and Daniel Bessler are followed by a response penned by the editors of the volume, Ethan Katz and Ari Joskowicz. Check out their response here. You can see the essays here.  
  • Check out the roster of public programs for this semester. Upcoming programs include Rebecca Kobrin on Jewish soft power in interwar Europe (February 16) and Vered Sakal on Jewish communities in colonial Algeria (February 20).
  • Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Advanced Summer School for Graduate Students in Jewish Studies, taking place in Jerusalem July 30-August 4. Details here.
  • To see the spring seminar schedule click here. Seminars are open to faculty and invited guests. RSVP is required. Please contact Karen Schnitker with questions or RSVP to kschn@upenn.edu.
  • The latest issue of the Jewish Quarterly Review is 106.4 (Fall 2016). More on the whole issue here or go directly to read it in Project Muse. Arnold Eisen's piece on Gerson Cohen's notion of the blessing of assimilation is available for free here.
  • This year's fellowship theme is Political Ramifications: Expanding Jewish Political Thought. Read about the 2016-2017 fellows.
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  • The web exhibit "Jews beyond Reason," featuring last year's fellows, is now online via the Penn Libraries.