The recent controversy around Jews' forced migration from Egypt in the 1950s raises questions about how history is used and by whom, writes Grad Fellow Pablo Jairo Tutillo Maldonado.
How a shared history of persecution brought two communities (back) together: Kurdish-Jewish cooperation in Germany
Opportunity Grant winner Pinar Ulumaskan traces the re-emergence of a historic connection between Kurds and Jews in Germany.
Opportunity Grant winner Kendra Berry explains how studying language builds empathy — especially in places where nationalistic narratives dominate.
François Azar, a leader of the French Sephardic revival, on writing his own Ladino folktales, censorship, and why he is confident about the future.
Shem Tov de Carrión's "moral proverbs" about human nature and right rulership are surprisingly relevant today, Graduate Fellow Vivian Mills writes.
In an era of presidential Twitter wars and son-in-law envoys, traditional diplomacy may be less valued, but it's no less valuable for Israel and other countries, writes Grad Fellow Berkay Gülen.
Activists are raising awareness of the tragic kidnapping of thousands of Mizrahi Jewish babies in the 1950s through continued action and savvy social media organizing, writes Grad Fellow Vincent Calvetti-Wolf.
Opportunity Grant winner Mohamed Elias explains why he chose to study Yiddish, and what he discovered when he did.
Uniquely mobile, religiously unconventional Jews of 19th-century America laid the groundwork for American Judaism today, writes Dr. Shari Rabin.
Anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish expulsions in medieval Germany were engineered for political gain, writes Grad Fellow Kerice Doten-Snitker, much like anti-Semitism today.
Ancient synagogue poetry describing the magic "sotah" ritual for women evoked common fears around demonic forces and women's sexuality, writes Dr. Laura S. Lieber.
Sephardic Jews coming from the Ottoman Empire to Seattle never could have dreamed that one day their family heirlooms would be on display at the Seattle Sephardic Legacies exhibition.
Do you have letters, books, immigration documents, or other pieces of your family history? Please consider sharing them with the Sephardic Studies Program at our upcoming Seattle Sephardic Legacies event on June 2nd.
Professor Jonathan Israel explores Spinoza's role as a revolutionary thinker and precursor to the modern human rights movement in the 2017 Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies.
Doctoral student Emily Gade discusses her research on radicalization and resiliency against violence, highlighting the work of the Israeli recovery organization ZAKA.
Watch folklorist François Azar's talk on Jewish folktales of the Mediterranean and a Ladino-language performance of "The Jewish Parrot" in 2018's International Ladino Day celebration.
Jewish Studies faculty share perspectives on anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic violence.
Video: Gary Shteyngart discusses his new novel and “the new dystopia” of America in the 2018 Stroum Lectures
Author Gary Shteyngart shares tales from the world of hedge fund management and Trump's America that informed his new novel "Lake Success."