Faculty Research and Updates

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Debra Kaufman, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, has been appointed as a Research Associate at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute.

Josh Jacobson, Professor of Music, participated this summer in the Zimriya World Assembly of Choirs in Akko, Israel; for a moving description of the experience, click here.  Jacobson also published an original arrangement of “Untaneh Tokef,” by Yair Rosenblum (Transcontinental, 2013), as well as several articles:  “Biblical accents/cantillation (masoretic). (ii) relation to syntax” and “Biblical accents/cantillation (modern reading traditions, musical contours)” in Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (ed. Geoffrey Khan; Leiden: Brill, 2013); “Jewish Music in the Italian Renaissance,” in The Journal of Synagogue Music, vol. 38  (Fall, 2013) 105-108; and Macabee Songs and the Zionist Agenda,” in Jascha Nemtsov, ed., Jüdische Musik als Dialog der Kulturen / Jewish Music as a Dialogue of Cultures (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2013).

Lori Lefkovitz, Professor of English and  Ruderman Professor of Jewish Studies, will be publishing “Not a Man:  Joseph and Masculinity in Judaism and Islam,” in Common Lives, Uncommon Heritage:  Gender in Judaism and Islam, ed. Beth Wenger and  Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet (NYU Press, forthcoming).  On November 17, she will participate in a panel discussion following the screening of the documentary “Esther Broner:  A Weave of Women” at the Boston Jewish Film Festival (Museum of Fine Arts, 12:00 pm).  She was recently appointed Director of Northestern’s Humanities Center and serves on the Faculty Senate and Senate Agenda Committee, the NU Presidential Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities Committee on “Conflict, Empathy, Respect, Peace.”

Larry Lowenthal, Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies, published articles on “American Jews” and “Zionism” in Multicultural America:  A Multimedia Encyclopedia (SAGE, 2013).

Bill Miles, Professor of Political Science, recipient of a Schusterman Center grant at Brandeis University, participated this summer in the 10th annual Summer Institute for Israel Studies.  Two weeks of intensive seminars for United States and international college faculty on the Brandeis campus were followed by a 10-day study tour in Israel.  This fall, Miles also co-hosted the first-ever delegation of the Jewish community of Nigeria to the United States.  Elder Peter Agbai, also known as Obadiah, and Prince Azuka Obguka, whose Hebrew name is Pinchas ben Eliezer, visited and spoke at several synagogues and Jewish institutes throughout Rhode Island, as well as the State House in Providence.

Jim Ross, Associate Professor of Journalism, is co-editing, with Professor Lihong Song of Nanjing University, a volume entitled “The Image of Jews in Contemporary China” (Academic Studies Press).

Steve Sadow, Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, published a review of Liliana Feierstein, Habitar la letra:  Judaismo, escritura y transmisión [To Inhabit the Letter:  Judaism, Writing and Transmision] (Buenos Aires:  Acervo Cultural, 2011) on the blog “Comunidades Argentinas” [Argentine Ethnic Groups] and Mundo Israelita, Argentina’s equivalent to the Forward; the review will be republished in Latin American Jewish Studies.  His review of Ilan Stavans, Singer’s Typewriter and Mine:  Reflections on Jewish Culture (Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 2011) in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies is forthcoming.  He also gave talks on “Literary and Artistic Responses to the Bombing of the AMIA” and “Using Online Resources to Teach Latin American Jewish Studies”  at the Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA) International Research Conference at the University of Texas-Austin; both will be published in Latin American Jewish Studies in November.

Jennifer Sartori completed the analysis of her online survey of Jewish adoptive parents, yielding a fascinating portrait of the changes in the characteristics and experiences of Jewish adoptive families over the past few decades.  With her co-author Dr. Jayne Guberman, she published “’WOW, You’re Jewish?’ Transracial Adoption in the American Jewish Community” in Pact’s Point of View:  The newsletter for adoptive families with children of color (Fall 2013).  In October, Sartori presented “’Real Jews?’ Adoptees, Race, and Identity in the American Jewish Community” at the “Jews, Race, America” symposium at the University of Indiana.

Read the rest of the Haverim Fall 2013 Newsletter here.