Joyce Z. and Jacob Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies
1155 East 60th Street, Room 302A
Chicago, IL 60637


June 27, 6 pm, The Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, UChicago Prof. Bozena Shallcross will deliver the lecture, "Jankiel's Concert: Romantic Performativity and Jewish Agency." This lecture is part of the GEOP Interdisciplinary Workshop, The Jewish Inn: From Architecture to Phantasm, that will take place June 26–28. Co-sponsored by the Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies. See the full schedule here:

The Greenberg Center is pleased to acknowledge the new research published by our faculty members and graduate students. Read more about the work of PhD students Chelsie May, Michal Peles-Almagor and Joel Swanson.

Chelsie May, Ph.D. candidate (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) has published the article, “ 'Girls of the Eastern Communities:’ The Intersectionality of Female Arab Jewish Immigrants in Israel-Palestine, 1947-1960,” in The Journal of Jewish Identities (July 2018). A link to the article can be found here.

Michal Peles-Almagor, Ph.D. candidate (Comparative Literature) has published the article, " 'Here is a Different Place': Lieland, Speech, and Hebrew Literary Space," in BGU Review, A Journal of Israeli Culture 5 (2018). The invited article was based on a paper she gave at our Keret Happy Campers conference in 2015 and a link to the article can be found here.

Joel Swanson, a PhD student (Divinity-History of Judaism), just published an article, "We Spring from that History: Bernard Lazare, between Universalism and Particularism," in the journal Religions (2018). The article is part of the Special Issue "Religion and Modern Jewish Thought," with guest editor, University of Chicago Prof. Paul Mendes-Flohr. Find a link to the article here.




The Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce its annual Essay Prize Competition for essays on any topic relating to Jewish Studies, including (but not restricted to) the study of Jewish history, religion, culture, thought, classical and modern texts, and languages.

The Center will award two prizes, each of $500. One prize will be awarded for the best essay related to Jewish Studies written for a course. The essay need not have been written for a course in Jewish Studies or for a course taught by a faculty member in Jewish Studies. A second prize will be awarded for the best B.A. Essay on a topic related to Jewish Studies.

Eligibility: The essay prize competition is open to all students currently registered in the College of the University of Chicago.

Application: Essays should be submitted electronically as a docx or pdf attachment no later than 4 pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 to Nancy Pardee at

The Center for Jewish Studies offers travel funding for students giving presentations at academic conferences and for those who must travel away from the University to access resources necessary for their research. Grants for conference travel are accepted throughout the year; research grants are awarded through an annual competition. Please see the application forms below for instructions.

https://Conference Presentation Travel Grants

https://Travel and Research Grants



Edwin Seroussi, Professor of Musicology and Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was the Joyce Z. Greenberg Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago during Winter Quarter 2016. On January 28, 2016, Prof. Seroussi gave a public lecture entitled, "Jews Becoming Modern: The Musical Track." To listen to the lecture, click on this link.