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Judaic and Israel Studies

The Schusterman Center offers a variety of awards across two main types. Schusterman Center Domestic Scholarships are geared toward undergraduate and graduate students studying on OU's Norman Campus. Schusterman Center Study in Israel Scholarships allow undergraduate and graduate students to travel to Israel in pursuit of a variety of fields: everything from coursework at the Rothberg International School, to dance collectives, to archaeological digs coordinated by Center faculty!

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The Schusterman Center hosts or co-sponsors a variety of special events every year. From special guest lectures, to discussion panels and conferences, there is always an engaging Judaic & Israel Studies event around the corner!

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Our monthly JuSt Lunch Brown Bag Lectures gather scholars from OU and the metro to discuss ongoing research across the full range of Judaic & Israel Studies. Bring your lunch. Coffee, tea, and rugelach provided!

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Our annual film screenings bring works of cinema into a Judaic & Israel Studies context. Each screening is precedeed by pizza and introduced by a faculty member who also moderates a post-screening Q&A.

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Established in 1999 to honor the beloved teacher and world-renowned scholar for whom it is named, following her passing in February 1998, the Yedida Kalfon Stillman Memorial Lecture is held annually in the spring.

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Modern Israel Studies Chair Dr. Rhona Seidelman's 11/9 Op-Ed in The Oklahoman:
Amid Shouting, Angry Masses, It Is Easy for Complex Human Stories to Be Drowned Out

TBI Panel with Drs. Seidelman, Cohen & Levenson:

Professor Emeritus Norman (Noam) Stillman on the ideology of Hamas:

Professor Emeritus Norman (Noam) Stillman on the history of antisemitism in the Arab world:

10/07/2023 Survivor Testimonies

12/06 at Noon
JuSt Lunch with Janet Ward

Welcome to the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies

The Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies at the University of Oklahoma is the largest home for its fields in the region. With six core faculty members and eighteen associated faculty members, it offers more than sixty courses as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees. The center holds at least a dozen academic events every year, and awards thousands of dollars of scholarships to OU students studying on the Norman Campus and through OU Education Abroad.

Judaic Studies explores the history and culture of the Jewish people over a period of four millennia in the Land of Israel and in the Diaspora (Dispersion) through the tools of the humanities and the social sciences. The field began as an academic discipline in Europe during the nineteenth century and developed within universities and research centers the world over during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Israel Studies is a much more recent field dedicated to interpreting the culture, politics and society of the modern State of Israel.


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