Departmental News, Lectures and Presentations
Students in the News: Summer Internships
Zoe Shannon at the Jewish Women's Archive: "How Hannah Gadsby Helped Me Reclaim my Omi's Story"
Savoy Curry at the Jewish Women's Archive: "The (Jewish) Madonna Complex"
Congratulations to our faculty recognized at the Harpur reception for AY 17/18!
Jonathan Karp - Major Publication
Dina Danon - Major Grant
Lior Libman - Professional Leadership
"Campus Speech: What are the limits?" with Professor Jonathan Karp
April 11, 2018
Anderson Center's Chamber Hall
Freedom of speech is a fundamental constitutional value that lies at the core of academic freedom: the freedom to inquire, discover, express ideas and opinions, and debate. Sometimes individuals will express ideas that others consider offensive, hurtful, demeaning and without merit. In some cases, people exercising their right to speak can create a climate that makes others feel marginalized, even threatened. Across the country, campuses have grappled with the tensions between protecting freedom of speech and creating an inclusive, welcoming campus community.
Join us for "Campus speech: What are the limits?" from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the AC-Chamber Hall, featuring Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN America, the leading voice of writers in the U.S.; Jonathan Karp, associate professor of history and Judaic studies and chair of the Faculty Senate; and Jermel McClure, a senior majoring in sociology and politics, philosophy and Law, and president of the Student Association.
Sponsored by the Faculty Senate and the Provost's Office, this convocation will explore the role of freedom of speech on our campus; our efforts to create a diverse, inclusive community; and what, if any, limits there are to campus speech.
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching AY 2016-2017
Congratulations to Orly Shoer, who has received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!
This award recognizes consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level in keeping with the State University's commitment to providing its students with instruction of the highest quality.
Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching AY 2015-2016
Congratulations to Gina Glasman, who has received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching! This award is given to one BU Professor each year, and recognizes excellence and innovation in teaching.
"WWI and the Making of the Modern Middle East" by Kent Schull
BYU Kennedy Center
Published on May 18, 2015
Kent F. Schull, Associate professor of Ottoman and modern Middle East history, SUNY Binghamton
Lecture on Mordecai Kaplan by Professor Randy Friedman
Published on Mar 21, 2014
Moshe Halbertal and Ruth Wisse on Jews and Power, moderated by Professor Allan Arkush
Filming took place on July 28, 2014.
What is the proper relationship between Jews and political power? To what extent should Jews eschew worldly power for the sake of piety? How Machiavellian can Jews allow themselves to be? Two of the Jewish world's most esteemed intellectuals, Ruth Wisse and Moshe Halbertal, examined these questions for participants in the Tikvah Fund's Summer Fellowship and Advanced Institutes. Wisse, an American expert on Yiddish literature generally associated with the right, and Halbertal, an Israeli expert in Jewish philosophy and ethics generally associated with the left, engaged in a discussion marked by passion, wit, nerve, and collegiality. About halfway through the panel, the moderator, Allan Arkush, opened the floor to audience questions on everything from the possibility of anti-Semitism in America to the Israeli Defense Forces' Code of Ethics.
Interview with Anita Diamant, moderated by Professor Ami Bar-On
Published on May 2, 2011.
Best-selling author Anita Diamant, who earned a master's degree in English from Binghamton in 1975, returned to campus for the first time since she graduated.
Stained Glass Windows Recovered from Local Synagogue
Now the caretaker of pieces from Binghamton’s past, the Judaic Studies Department will both preserve and display windowpanes from Temple Beth El. Read more from Inside Binghamton.
BU’s Danon has personal connection to Sephardic studies
By Rabbi Rachel Esserman (orig. published in "The Reporter")
A family connection sparked Dina Danon’s interest in Sephardic studies: her paternal grandmother spoke Ladino, a Judeo-Spanish dialect. When she was young, the assistant professor in the Judaic Studies Department at Binghamton University “thought it was cool that my grandmother spoke a different language” and loved listening to Ladino folktales. However, it was only during her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania that Danon really became excited about studying history.
Her specialty is history with a focus on Sephardic Jewry. When she was at Stanford University, her doctoral research centered on the Jewish community of Izmir, because of yet another family connection: her father’s family originally came from that area.Link to the full story in The Reporter.
Religious Studies in the News
"Binghamton University's religious studies program focuses on the academic study of religion as a significant social force in all cultures and in all ages."