Jewish Studies Center

Public Programs

Some of the biggest issues and challenges facing Jewish communities today include philanthropy, business ethics, politics, identity and continuity, the changing face of American Jewry, and many others. The JSC address these issues through a series of lectures, panel discussions, symposia, and specials events that are available to the Baruch community and general public.


                      Spring 2020

Annual day-long Conference

Jews and Jokes: The History and Future of Jewish Humor. Thursday, May 7, beginning at 12:00 pm. Featuring keynotes Judy Gold (12:00 pm) and Gary Shteyngart (6:00 pm).   Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall. Co-sponsored by BPAC. 

Spring 2020 Public Lectures

Thursday, February 27th at 5:30 pm: Distinguished Author Series featuring Nicole Krauss: Forest Dark. A Conversation with the Bestselling Novelist, Poet, and Short-Story Author. Join NYTimes bestselling author Nicole Krauss for an inspiring conversation about her work, her representation of Israel, her identity as a Jewish American author, the authors who influenced her,and her engagement in a range of genres. Krauss will be in conversation with Baruch English Prof. Jessica Lang and will read from her latest novel, Forest Dark.

 Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall. Co-sponsored by BPAC. 

Thursday, March 5th at 6:00 pm: A talk with Dr. Lori Harrison-Kahan (Boston College) and journlaist Joan Michelson: “From Voting Rights to #MeToo: Women Journalists and Activism,” with an introduction by Baruch Prof. Emily H. Johnson, Department of Journalism and the Writing Profesions. Newman Vertical Campus 14-270. Co-sponsored by the Departments of English, History, Journalism and the Writing Professions and the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Lori Harrison-Kahan and Joan Michelson collaborated to republish the writings of Miriam Michelson (1870-1942), the best-selling novelist, revolutionary journalist, and feminist activist who broke gender barriers in journalism, covering crime and politics for San Francisco’s top dailies throughout the 1890s. Joan Michelson is Miriam Michelson’s great-great niece and a Baruch alumnus.

Thursday, April 23rd at 5:30 pm: Ruth O’Hara Memorial Event, featuring Dr. Natalia Aleskuin (Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Touro University): “The Anatomy of Antisemitism: Jews, Cadavers and the Politics of Medical Discourse in East Central Europe.” Mrs. O’Hara’s generous donation helped to establish Jewish Studies at Baruch College. Newman Library Conference Center, 7th floor, room 763.   Mrs. O'Hara's generous support helped establish Jewish Studies at Baruch.

May 22nd, 10:00 am: Dr. Samuel Heilman Retirement Celebration, featuring Drs. Alyssa Bemporad, Arnold Franklin, Jessica Lang, Jenna Weissman Joselit, Riv-Ellen Prell, Jonathon Sarna and Jack Wertheimer. Samuel C. Heilman is a professor of Sociology at Queens College, CUNY who focuses on social ethnography of contemporary Jewish Orthodox movements. He is the Harold Proshansky Chair in Jewish Studies at the Graduate Center and also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Jewry, the premiere scholarly journal on the social scientific study of Jewry. CUNY Graduate Center, Segal Theater.

Spring 2020 Film Screenings (co-sponsored with BPAC):


(dir. Christian Petzold, 2019)

2/12/20, 6:30 pm

Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall

The Prince and the Dybbuk (dir. Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowsk, 2018)

3/11/20, 6:30 pm

Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall

Spring 2020 Artist-in-Residence: Stephanie Rothenberg

Rothenberg's new video installation, Aphrodisiac in the Machine, will debut at New Media Artspace. It is a speculative science fiction narrative that unfolds as viewers ascend the four floors of the gallery. This installation explores the ethics and economics of bioengineering nonhuman life for human survival. The project merges fact and fiction, taking its inspiration from the libidinous myth of the oyster, a hermaphroditic organism being bioengineered in a futuristic aquaculture farm.

Rothenberg will give a public lecture on 3/31 at 6:00 pm at the Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall.


                                                              Fall 2019

Fall Film Screenings (co-sponsored with BPAC):

Shtisel, episodes from the series

9/18/19, 6:30 pm

Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall


Doubtful ( dir. Eliran Elya, 2017)
10/29/19, 6:30 p.m.
Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall

Eva: A-7063 (dir. Ted Green, 2018)

11/19/19, 6:30 pm; a talk back with director Ted Green will follow the screening

Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall 

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CD Release and Reception: Profs. Eugene Marlow and Grace Schulman's jazz/poety collaboration, "Blue in Green"
10/24/19, 6:00 pm, Newman Vertical Campus, 14-270

Blue and Green CD cover

Public Lectures:

Dr. Alyssa Quint (YIVO Institute for Jewish Research): "The Accidential Rise of Modern Yiddish Theater"

11/5/19, 5:30 pm, Newman Veritcal Campus, 14-270


Visting Artist:  Peggy Ahwesh, New Media Artspace: Unsettled Spaces, 9/16-12/1

151 E. 25th Street

Student Book Club with Professor Polina Kroik, co-sponsored with Hillel, every Thursday at 1:00 pm in VC 7-238 (free lunch and books!): The Property by Rutu Modan

Student Theater Production: The Jewish Question: A Report from the Jewish Deportation As Documented by C.S. Chaplin, written and directed by Baruch alumnus Reuven Glezer and translated and produced by Baruch professsor Debra Caplan

11/25/19, 7:30 pm, Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall








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