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Professor Ari Kelman: How Jewish Students Make Sense of Campus Politics Download as iCal file
Wednesday 20 December 2017, 07:30pm - 10:00pm
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Probably moreso than any other time in recent memory, college campuses have grown increasingly politicized. From discussions of safe spaces to divestment campaigns of all kinds, students are growing more politically engaged and campus communities are finding new ways of creating productive, if challenging conversations. For Jewish students, the situation is fraught with the ongoing pressures that attend discussions of Israel and Palestine, and by the increasing and very real presence of anti-Semitism. How are Jewish students making sense of these circumstances? Professor Kelman will share his findings from a recently-published report based on over 70 interviews with Jewish students on California campuses, in which they discuss the good, the bad, the unnerving, and the hopeful about their lives.

Ari Y Kelman is the inaugural holder of the Jim Joseph Professorship in Education and Jewish Studies in the Stanford Graduate School of Education, where he also directs the Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies. He is currently serving as the Interim Director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies. He holds a courtesy appointment in Religious Studies, and is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the American Studies Program, and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies. He is the author of a few books about American Jewish life and culture, including Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio and Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary. His research revolves around the ongoing exploration of how people learn to develop religious sensibilities, and it has taken him to church, to Krakow, Poland, to many many b’nai mitzvah and deep into the archives of religious music of the early 1970s.

Sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Studies

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