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  • James Kugel Presents the 2018 Jacobs Lecture

    Please join us on Thursday, April 12th at 4pm in the Bernie Dallas Room (Goodell Hall) for the Robert and Pamela Jacobs Distinguished Lecture featuring James Kugel. Professor Kugel will present the talk "In the Garden of Eden: Ancient Biblical Interpreters and Contemporary Literary Theory."

  • Judaic Studies

    The program in Judaic Studies at UMass offers a range of exciting opportunities to explore the remarkable history and cultures of the Jewish people that span more than three millennia. Students are invited to enroll in a full range of courses in Hebrew language, Yiddish, Jewish history, Israel studies, philosophy, law, politics, and film.

  • Middle Eastern Studies

    Middle Eastern Studies at UMass is a rigorous, interdisciplinary program that allows students considerable latitude in gaining knowledge of the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. We welcome students as Middle Eastern majors, secondary majors, and minors, and also offer a minor in Middle Eastern languages.


Skolnik Lectures at Howard University

September 19, 2017

Jonathan Skolnik, associate professor of German and a core faculty member in film studies, presented a lecture titled “‘Two pages must have got hanged together…’: German Exiles, Hollywood, and Race...

Exciting Fall 2017 Courses in JNE

March 31, 2017

We have some exciting courses coming up in Fall 2017 in the department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies! Please check out the details of select courses below, and click here for the full...

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The Department of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies offers a number of prizes and scholarships to students with majors in the department, including two prizes awarded to graduating seniors who plan to continue their studies in the fields of Judaic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.

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