The myth of diminished learning during quarantine

Jewish Post Originally Posted: May 29, 2020 As a professor at SMU Dallas, I am saddened by mainstream media’s myopic view of pandemic-induced online education. Whether it be op-eds about students receiving inferior educations in virtual classrooms or stories about parents suing colleges for “not getting their money’s worth,” public discourse lacks an alternative perspective. My own experience is quite the opposite. I witnessed an increase in student engagement and performance in my admittedly small classes afforded by a private university for my students who were unburdened by medical or socio-economic stress. My experience is not isolated but is echoed anecdotally by numerous colleagues in various parts of the nation. Deprived of non-academic distractions, many of my students became virtually monastic (pun intended). With more [...]

By | 2020-05-29T09:59:31-07:00 May 29th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Jewish Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program|Comments Off on The myth of diminished learning during quarantine

“That’s Fashionating: The History of Israeli Fashion From the Kibbutz to the City”

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 pm, DLSB 110 “That’s Fashionating: The History of Israeli Fashion From the Kibbutz to the City” by Liraz Cohen Mordechai, fashion lecturer and blogger with a Master’s degree in Global Fashion Management from FIT, manager of the NY- Israel Fash&Tech Meetup community, and certified stylist in the fashion industry of NYC. Co-sponsored with Hillel at SMU. For more information email: jewishstudies@smu.edu.

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7th annual Ladino Day celebration

Sunday Feb. 2, 1:00-5:30, Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium 7th annual Ladino Day celebration featuring Dr. Rey Romero, U. of Houston lecturing on “The Role of Ladino in Sustaining Sephardic Communities,” Student readings of Sephardic folktales, Film screening and discussion of “Song of the Sephardi” by David Raphael, and Kosher Sephardic Sweets. Free and Open to the Public. READ MORE

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Event: May 5: One Day Jewish University and Levine Lecture in Jewish Studies

Event Date: May 5, 2019 Location: Dallas Hall Time: 12:30-5:00 A day of learning with mini-courses taught by SMU faculty and a film screening of "My So Called Enemy" and film director talk-back with Lisa Gossels. Spanning seven years, the film follows six Israeli and Palestinian teenage girls committed to justice and mutual understanding after participating in a cross-cultural women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace. Co-sponsored with Perkins School of Theology, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and The Embrey Human Rights Program. For more information: smu.edu/odju  

By | 2019-04-26T09:09:56-07:00 April 26th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Jewish Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program|Comments Off on Event: May 5: One Day Jewish University and Levine Lecture in Jewish Studies

Event: Jan. 20, 5 Dia Internasional del Ladino: A Celebration of Judeo-Spanish Culture

Event Date: Sunday, Jan. 20 Location: McCord Auditorium Time: 1:30-4:30 pm This one-day celebration of Judeo-Spanish culture will feature personal Sephardic stories, an update on Ladino studies, and a concert of Ladino music. Ladino is an historic Jewish language with a geographically diverse distribution that developed a rich cultural heritage since its emergence in medieval Spain. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information contact Shira Lander at jewishstudies@smu.edu.  

By | 2019-01-15T07:56:03-08:00 January 15th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, Jewish Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program|Comments Off on Event: Jan. 20, 5 Dia Internasional del Ladino: A Celebration of Judeo-Spanish Culture

Save the date: Oct. 25, 2018, The Nate and Ann Levine Lecture Series

The Nate and Ann Levine Lecture Series Mark your calendar:  Thursday, October 25, 2018 7:30 pm  Doron Ben-Atar and Andrew Pessin, co-authors of Campus Anti-Zionism: The University, Free Speech, and BDS  “Israel, BDS, and Campus Life: Complexities of Jewish Identity in the American Academy”   

By | 2018-06-25T11:12:29-07:00 June 20th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Jewish Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program|Comments Off on Save the date: Oct. 25, 2018, The Nate and Ann Levine Lecture Series

Jewish Studies: Student Spotlight

SMU Jewish Studies 2018 Newsletter Originally Posted: June 25, 2018 This is an excerpt from the 2018 Jewish Studies Newsletter. Read the full newsletter here: SMU Jewish Studies 2018 Newsletter.  Student Spotlight  2018 JEWISH STUDIES MINORS  Rob Shapiro, BA Psychology  A graduate of the San Diego Jewish Academy, Rob elected the minor in Jewish Studies to deepen his already rich knowledge of Jewish history, culture, and religion. He earned distinction in his ma-jor, as recognized by induction into the Psi Chi psychology hon-ors society.  Rob has a passion for wrist-watches, and gained extensive knowledge about premium time pieces while working in sales at Bachendorf’s Jeweler. He plans to attend law school to focus on oil and gas.  Chandler Snipes, BBA Finance  Chandler’s interests range from [...]

By | 2018-06-25T10:59:22-07:00 June 19th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, Jewish Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program|Comments Off on Jewish Studies: Student Spotlight

Canceled: Vedem Underground Exhibit

SMU Jewish Studies 2018 Newsletter Originally Posted: June 25, 2018 This is an excerpt from the 2018 Jewish Studies Newsletter. Read the full newsletter here: SMU Jewish Studies 2018 Newsletter Upcoming Vedem Underground Exhibit  SMU Jewish Studies is partnering with SMU’s Hamon Arts Library to present the award-winning, Smithsonian-endorsed Vedem Underground art exhibit. Honoring what has been hailed as “The Dead Poets Society of Terezin,” the exhibit tells the story of how a secret society of teenage boys created Vedem, the longest running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Using comics, graphics, artwork, prose and poetry, the ex-hibit showcases many of the 83 weekly issues of Vedem, which totaled 800 pages and was a symbol of protest and rebellion by some of the era’s youngest activists. [...]

By | 2018-08-28T10:06:34-07:00 June 18th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, Jewish Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program|Comments Off on Canceled: Vedem Underground Exhibit
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