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  • Oct
    The Objects that Remain: The Ethics of Tending to Sacred Objects
    Oct. 27th, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    ​Please join us live on Zoom for a panel discussion and Q&A featuring Jane Klinger (she/her/hers), United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Laura Levitt (she/her/hers), Temple University Department of Religion; and Margalit Schindler (they/them/theirs), Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation.

    “The Objects that Remain: The Ethics of Tending to Sacred Objects”
    What makes an object sacred, and what does it mean to care for sacred objects? Three interdisciplinary presentations will bridge scholarship on Museum Studies, Jewish Studies, criminal justice and feminist theory with reflections on the practice and ethics of conservation. The presenters will explore: how do institutions and academic disciplines differ in their understanding of sacred objects and how to care for them? Who actually does the work of conservation and how is it often invisible and thus gendered work? How do disparate stakeholders—national museums, private collections, police holdings, and others—preserve objects and for what purpose?

    Wednesday, October 27th
    5:00 p.m. live on Zoom
    Panel discussion followed by a Q&A
    This event is free and open to the public. 


    This event is co-sponsored by the University of Delaware Jewish Studies Program, Department of Women and Gender Studies, Department of History – Museum Studies Program, Department of Art Conservation, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and Center for Material Culture Studies.

  • Nov
    The First Woman to Scribe a Torah: Jen Taylor Friedman, Soferet
    Nov. 16th, 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
    Join online via Zoom at 972 0570 1114

    Please join us for a virtual guest lecture in Dr. Zavadivker's HIST/JWST/WOMS303: Women in Judaism course:

    The First Woman to Scribe a Torah: Jen Taylor Friedman, Soferet

    In 2007, Jen Taylor Friedman made history by becoming the first woman ever to complete the writing of a sefer Torah (Torah scroll). Join her virtual visit to Dr. Zavadivker's course Women in Judaism. As a scribe of religious texts, she will give a historical overview of women in this specific aspect of Jewish law and ritual, walk us through her workspace and process, and share her experiences about opening up a field hitherto exclusively limited to men.

    A Torah scribe, scholar, and educator, Jen Taylor Friedman obtained her MA from McGill University where she wrote a history of the material culture of tefillin. She is currently studying Medieval Torah scrolls as she pursues her doctorate. She gained widespread recognition both as the first woman to scribe a Torah and as the creator behind Tefillin Barbie. 

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  • Natalie Medlock, Latin American & Iberian Studies minor, 2016

    ​Natalie is a 2016 alumna and recipient of both the Area Studies Enrichment Award and the Latin American & Iberian Studies Award for Academic Excellence. Since graduation, she has worked as an ELI American Global Fellow, taught English in Chile, and is currently a Primary Literacy Promoter with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. "Peace Corps seemed to encompass everything I was looking for: learning a foreign language/culture, gaining valuable experience and, most importantly, helping others. I'm thrilled to have this amazing opportunity and hope I can make a positive and lasting impact on my community. " She's pictured here in Chile.

  • Area Studies broadens horizons

    Of her study abroad trip with Area Studies faculty, junior Amanda DeFilippis says "It was life-changing. I learned so much about myself and about the world around me. Because of the trip, I feel as though I have a better awareness of other countries and the diverse cultures they have."

    Find out how to change your perspective on the world by joining Global and Area Studies.

  • Mengzheng Yao, Asian Studies major, 2017

    Mengzheng is a 2017 alumni and recipient of both the Area Studies Academic Achievement Prize and the David Pong Asian Studies Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Phi Beta Kappa. Since graduation, he studied at Peking University, China’s premier liberal arts university, during summer. He is entering the master program of sociology at the University of Delaware with full scholarship this fall. He plans to pursue a PhD degree in sociology and investigate social issues in Asia in the academia. “I always want to study Asian uniqueness using my sociological methodology learned in the United States.” He is pictured here in Boao Forum for Asia, China.

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