UC Berkeley Awarded Major Grant from Academic Engagement Network (AEN) for Pilot Program in Antisemitism Education.

AEN Announces Support for Pilot Program on Antisemitism at UC Berkeley

The Antisemitism Education Initiative, a pilot program at UC Berkeley, received a $25,000 grant from the national nonprofit Academic Engagement Network, or AEN, on Sept. 10. The initiative was started in spring 2019 by campus history and Jewish studies associate professor Ethan Katz, campus law professor Steven Davidoff Solomon and Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman, executive director of Berkeley Hillel. The program aims to bring together campus stakeholders for training and speaker series to create a larger awareness of anti-Semitism as a contemporary issue, Katz said.

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The DE in Jewish Studies provides curricular and research resources for students who want to concentrate on Jewish Studies within their respective disciplines and have their work formally recognized in their degree designation. Designed to bring together faculty and students from different departments, the DE is administered by the Graduate Group in Jewish Studies and provides a unique context for rigorous cross-disciplinary research. Students applying to the DE must be prepared to integrate high-level research in Jewish Studies into their coursework, qualifying exam, and dissertation.

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