The Center for Judaic & Middle Eastern Studies at UConn-Stamford offers credit courses within the academic curriculum in the Humanities, as well as non-credit outreach programs for the community at large in all areas of Judaic culture, literature, and history, from antiquity to modern times, Israel, and Middle Eastern literature and politics, and in interfaith studies. Now celebrating its thirty-fourth anniversary, the Center has created a learning community around itself which gathers for intellectual pursuits and discussions of scholarly and contemporary issues. The Center’s outreach programs are attended by diverse groups from the local communities. The Center has been recognized for its innovative programs in the areas of traditional academic education and particularly outreach projects. Since its inception, the Center has enjoyed broad community recognition and has been financially supported by individuals, foundations, corporate gifts, and matching grants.
The Center is a recipient agency of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien.
Professor Susannah Heschel of Dartmouth College (front row, center) is joined by Center Director, Professor Nehama Aschkenasy (2nd row, center), and fellow interfaith panelists after the Fall 2012 Louis J. Kuriansky Annual Conference.
As Professor of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Aschkenasy teaches a variety of courses in Israeli and Middle Eastern literature, Bible, Women’s Studies, and English Literature at the Stamford campus, and graduate courses in literature and politics and literature and religion at the Storrs campus.
Dr. Aschkenasy has published four books, including Eve’s Journey: Feminine Images in Hebraic Literary Tradition, a Choice selection and winner of the Present Tense / AJC Literary Award. Her landmark essay “Recreating the Canon” was selected to be included in the “Intellectual Property” section of the 2013 volume of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization (Yale University Press), described as “a monumental project that includes the best of Jewish culture in its historical and global entirety.” Click here to learn more about Dr. Aschkenasy.
UConn Stamford faculty, from a variety of backgrounds, contribute to Judaic & Middle Eastern Studies.
Our Certificate program is for community members and students interested in teaching in religious schools, or who wish to prepare for advanced training in Religious Studies, Judaic Scholarship, Jewish communal work, Middle East and Israel Studies, or for professional careers in government and foreign service which require knowledge of Israel and the Middle East.