News and Events

Lecture: "From Anti-Judaism to Anti-Semitism ... And Back Again?"

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

2:15 pm to 3:15 pm Library North, IASH Conference Room LN 1106

In his talk at Binghamton University, Prof. Englund will discuss David Nirenberg's new book, Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (2013), with a view to seeing what it says, and does not say, about the more specific phenomenon of political Anti-Semitism. Scholarship on Anti-Semitism in the past generation has tended to study their topic as if it had completely broken from its religious past when it took the form of attacks on Jews-as-'Christ-killers' (deicides). After 1880, Anti-Semitism saw itself -- and continues to be seen by scholars -- as a narrowly political movement oriented around social, economic, cultural, racial, and political themes. Englund will try to show that in fact, whether as open or subdued clericalism or in a myriad of more unconscious forms of 'the religious' (le religieux), the religious dimension of Anti-Judaism remained very present in political Anti-Semitism. This, he maintains, was true in the eighteenth century as well, when 'the politics of commerce' was ostensibly the new cadre of Anti-Judaism. Steven Englund recently retired as the NYU Distinguished Professor of History at The American University of Paris. He is the author of Napoleon: A Political Life (Scribner's, 2004), which won the Russell Major Award as the Best Book in French History, from The American Historical Association. The book is the first American biography of Napoleon to be translated into French; it won the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoleon (2005) and the American Historical Association's prize for the best book in French history. Englund has been a Guggenheim Fellow (2006) and was named by the French Republic as chevalier des arts et des lettres (2005). He is currently writing a comparative history of political Anti-Semitism in Germany, Austria-Hungary, and France, 1870-1920, under contract with a French and a German publisher. He took his Ph.D. from Princeton University, where he studied with Arno J. Mayer and Carl E. Schorske. Sponsored by the Judaic Studies Department, the History Department, and the Graduate History Student Association Department.

Combined (Fast Track) JUST-MPA Program Reception

Binghamton University's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program will be having an information session on our combined (fast-track) BA-MPA programs on February 19th at 5 in Room 222 of the University Downtown Center. An MPA degree is a professional degree for those interested in public service careers in management. It is ideal for individuals who are committed to public service and would like to be a leader in a public or nonprofit organization.
Binghamton University's MPA program:
*prepares students for management careers in public and nonprofit organizations,
*provides students with opportunities to gain real world experience while making a difference in the community,
*has an energetic faculty committed to students, teaching, and community service, and
*offers combined (fast-track) BA-MPA programs in Asian and Asian American Studies, Political Science, Romance Languages, Theatre, Environmental Studies, Judaic Studies, and PPL.
Please feel free to contact Kristina Lambright at with any questions regarding the information session.

Judaic Studies Fall Reception

October 29, 2012, 11:45-1:15

Library Tower, 13th floor

Judaic Studies is holding a reception for its majors, minors, students in Judaic Studies courses, and all other students interested in Judaic Studies. Please join us for this reception at the Judaic Studies office.

Summer Orientation

Welcome to Binghamton!  Please swing by the Judaic Studies Department table at Summer Orientation.  We can help answer questions about Hebrew, transfer credits, courses, and more.  If you cannot make it to Orientation, please do not hesitate to be in touch with Prof. Randy Friedman, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Honors Applications Due 30 March

Applications for JUST and HEBR majors wishing to work toward Honors in the Department are due 30 March.

Students entering their senior year at Binghamton who meet certain GPA  and course requirements are eligible.

For more details, please see our "Program of Study."

Questions? Contact Professor Friedman.

New Joint Degree Program Announced

Binghamton University's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is pleased to announce that we have expanded our programming and are now offering a combined (fast-track) BA-MPA program in Judaic Studies.  An MPA degree is a professional degree for those interested in public service careers in management.  It is ideal for individuals who are committed to public service, would like to be a leader in a nonprofit or public organization, and want to make a positive difference in the world.

Binghamton University's MPA program:

  • prepares students for management careers in public and nonprofit organizations,
  • has an energetic faculty committed to students, teaching, and community service,
  • and works with the community to address administrative and policy challenges.

For more information, please visit our website: Please also feel free to contact Kristina Lambright.

Judaic Studies Changes in the News

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Bat-Ami Bar On, the chairwoman of the Judaic Studies Department at Binghamton University, is excited about the future of her department. In addition to new course selections and reorganization plans, the Judaic Studies Department has received an American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise grant, which will support the scholar Sariel Birnbaum, a film researcher who specializes in Middle Eastern cinema, during the upcoming academic year.

“In fall 2011, [Birnbaum] will offer a course on Jewish and Israeli cinematic images that will be accompanied by an open-to-the-public film series,” Bar On said in an e-mail interview. “[The] Political Science [Department] also has an AICE scholar for 2011-12, Maoz Rosenthal, and his courses are cross-listed with Judaic Studies.”

Spring 2011

Anita Diamont

A Conversation with Anita Diamant

ANITA DIAMANT is the author of Day After Night (Scribner, 2009), The Red Tent (Picador, 1998), and ten other books. She is an alumna of Binghamton University.


For more information about Ms. Diamant see

Many thanks to everyone in the Harpur Dean's Office who made this event such a success.  To read more, please see the article in BU Pipedream.

Conversations on Conversion at the Center for Jewish History in NYC

Sunday, April 10 at 4:00pm at The Center for Jewish History

Panel I: CONVERSION IN JEWISH HISTORY David Satran (Hebrew University), Paola Tartakoff (Rutgers University), Fa...brizio Lelli (Università del Salento), Moderator: Jonathan Karp (AJHS) Coffee break Panel II: CONVERSION IN TODAYʼS JEWISH WORLD Barry Freundel (Congregation Kesher Israel), Paul Golin (Jewish Outreach Institute), Ellie Schainker (University of Pennsylvania) Moderator: Brian Lehrer (WNYC-Radio)

Author to Discuss Anne Frank Book

Francine Prose will read from and discuss her book, Anne Frank - The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, for the 2010 Kenneth Roth, Passie Hinden Burch & Vivian Cohen Burch Lecture in Holocaust Literature, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in AA-G008. Prose is the author of 24 books, including novels, collections of short stories, a children's book, and non-fiction, including the 2006 Reading Like a Writer. The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. Supported by Judaic Studies and the Writing Initiative. Contact Paul-William Burch ( or Beth Burch ( for more information.

Fall Open House

Judaic Studies will have a brief Open House, Wednesday, 3 November, from noon - 2:00 pm.

Some faculty and the DUS will be available to answer questions about courses, scheduling, and general advising.

Binghamton Hillel Authors Series

The Department of Judaic Studies is co-sponsoring the Binghamton Hillel's Jewish Authors Series of lectures.  For more information see the Hillel website or the Facebook event page. 

College of Jewish Studies Lecture Series:  American Presidents and American Jews

The College of Jewish Studies will begin its 25th year with a series of talks on three American presidents – Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman – and their relationships with the Jews.

The College of Jewish Studies is a coalition between the Judaic Studies Department of Binghamton University and the following local Jewish institutions: the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Broome County, Beth David Synagogue, Temple Concord and Temple Israel. Partial funding is also provided by the Jacob and Rose Olum Foundation, the B’nai Brith Lectureship Fund and an endowment fund from the former Temple Beth El of Endicott.

Homecoming Weekend Panel:
Exploring the Enigma of the Holocaust


Panelists Professors Randy Friedman, Bat-Ami Bar On and Max Pensky did not attempt to resolve the enigma, but rather assumed it while examining the core contributions and teachings of Jewish thinkers whose lives were directly touched by genocide.

Genocide and Collective Memory:Challenging Disciplines, Questioning Approaches An Interdisciplinary Workshop

(October 15-16 2010)

This workshop, co-sponsored by Judaic Studies, which will explore the dynamics of commemorative practices and social memory in the wake of genocides. For academics and public policy analysts interested in the study of genocide, the status of commemorative practices, and the relation between these practices and the comparative study of genocide raise a host of difficult questions. Moreover, if the very broad disciplinary terrain that is encompassed by contemporary genocide and holocaust studies is taken into consideration, it becomes clear that memory of genocide is surely not a constellation of questions that can be adequately addressed from within the boundaries of a single discipline. Memory studies is of course not confinable to a single academic discipline, nor to a single area of policy analysis. The goal of this workshop, therefore, is to support a sustained, intensive, and largely unstructured conversation in and across disciplines.

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