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The Trump Administration and Immigration: Lessons from Jewish History

It will come as no surprise that the recent Executive Orders on immigration and refugees – denying entry into the United States of citizens of several Muslim-majority countries, suspending the admission of refugees into the country, and reducing the overall number of refugees allowed in – have come under heavy criticism from Jewish historians. Until…
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Published On: March 20, 2017 |
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The Trump Administration and the Holocaust

For those of us who teach and research the Holocaust and antisemitism, the Trump administration’s refusal to mention Jews in a January 27 statement commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day has been both horrifying and confusing. It has been horrifying because the failure to acknowledge that Jews were the overwhelming victims of Germany’s genocidal campaign is…
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The Trump Administration and the Media

Prof. Ross is on sabbatical in China where he is giving lectures on the Jewish diaspora and doing research at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall. Donald Trump’s charge that the press is the “enemy of the people” resonated here in China. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), the phrase was used to condemn intellectuals, foreigners, and…
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The Trump Administration and Israel

Donald Trump’s Presidency is likely to bring about a significant change in U.S.-Israel relations, and possibly also in the United States’ approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Although President Obama was much more supportive of Israel than his critics charged, his personal relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu was marked by mutual distrust, bitter disagreements, and lingering…
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Does Trump Have a Counterterrorism Strategy?

My main empirical finding over the years has been that terrorism tends to backfire on the perpetrators politically by shifting electorates to the right, empowering hardline candidates, and thereby reducing the odds of government concessions. Trump is illustrative of this historical pattern. In his victory speech, he should have thanked the San Bernardino and Paris…
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Jewish Studies Associate Director Laurel Leff on Holocaust Scholars Under Trump

Associate Director of Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Journalism Laurel Leff regularly teaches a course on America and the Holocaust (JWSS/HIST 2285).  In a blog post for The Times of Israel, she reflects on the meaning of the Trump administration’s refusal to mention Jews in a statement commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the…
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Published On: February 10, 2017 |
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Why are the Chinese so Obsessed with the Jews? Prof. Jim Ross speaks with “The Forward”

Jim Ross, a long-time member of the Jewish Studies faculty and Executive Committee and member of the School of Journalism, recently published The Image of Jews in Contemporary China, co-edited with Song Lihong (Academic Studies Press, 2016).  In this article in The Forward, Ross speaks with journalist Benjamin Ivry about his research.

Published On: July 25, 2016 |
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Gideon Klein Scholar Madelyn Stone’s research recognized by the Leo Baeck Institute

2015-2016 Gideon Klein Scholar Madelyn Stone (CSSH and CAMD ’16) was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Leo Baeck Institute – New York undergraduate essay context in German-Jewish Studies for her essay “‘Reality is the Satire’:  The Will to Hope in the Writings of Jura Soyfer,” based on her presentation at the Northeastern’s 2016 Holocaust…
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Published On: June 22, 2016 |
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Jewish Studies courses for Fall 2016

Northeastern Jewish Studies is excited to be able to announce our course offerings for the Fall Semester 2016! Check out the flyer for details on classes that count for credit towards a Jewish Studies minor, and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have!

Published On: March 28, 2016 |
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Dr Jennifer Sartori in the Times of Israel

Jewish Studies Professor Jenny Sartori was recently interviewed by the Times of Israel for a thought-provoking and intriguing look at transracial adoption, its ramifications for parenting, and recommendations on how to balance cultural and racial identities.   Click here to read the article! 

Published On: March 24, 2016 |
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