"The following list represents an effort by the Association for Israel Studies to identify centers, institutes, study programs, endowed chairs, and faculty that focus on the academic study of modern Israel."
-Association of Israel Studies
Photo: Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv
Jewish & Israel Studies Program Director Richard Golden, Advisory Board Chair Dick Abrams, & Chair-elect Larry Strauss met 8/5/15 with UNT President Neal Smatresk to discuss the program's plans, students, upcoming Israel-Texas business conference, and event series ("The Oldest and the Newest Hatred: Antisemitism--anti-Israelism") that will feature 5 speakers, 3 film screenings with panel discussions, and 1 play.
Photo in president's office after the meeting:
Left to right: Larry Strauss, Richard Golden, Neal Smatresk, & Dick Abrams.
On October 22, 2014, the Jewish and Israel Studies Program hosted Israeli-Arab legal scholar Professor Mohammed Wattad, who delivered a public talk to UNT students titled "An Israeli-Arab Legal Scholar Discusses the Gaza War and Terrorism." 74 people attended the afternoon talk.
On October 7, 2014, the UNT Jewish and Israel Studies Program hosted a lunch and learn with Israeli artist Shira Richter. Shira spoke on mothers and women in the recent Israel-Gaza War.
1) Educate students, faculty, and the DFW community about the religion, cultures, and historical experiences of the Jewish people.
2) Promote Jewish and Israel studies in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
3) Foster ties between UNT and Jewish institutions in the DFW area, throughout the United States, and in Israel.
4) Increase original scholarship by students and faculty on Jewish and Israel subjects.
The UNT Jewish and Israel Studies Program is the only Jewish and Israel Studies program at a public university in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and one of only eight such programs in the U.S. UNT is the largest university in the North Texas region, with more than 36,000 students and more Jewish students than all other Dallas-Fort Worth universities combined. Our program includes 47 courses on Jews and Judaism across seven of UNT's colleges taught by 26 faculty in nine departments. 13 of the program's courses are on the state of Israel.
The Jewish and Israel Studies Program offers multiple scholarships from seven endowments and programs. We offer a minor and a certificate in Jewish and Israel Studies, and we plan to establish a M.A. in Jewish and Israel Studies in the future. We also house a library of about 2,000 books and 300 films.
The Texas Jewish Post published an article the Jewish and Israel Studies' recent name change titled “A Pivotal Move.”
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