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Learn about our faculty members' academic backgrounds and interests, our affiliated faculty and staff, and find out how to contact them.

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FACULTY

Jeanne Abrams

Jeanne Abrams

Professor of Jewish History & Director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives
(CJS & Penrose Library)

Jewish History of the West; Jewish Womens' History; History of Medicine in the West

Phone: 303-871-3016 and 303-871-2977
Email: jeanne.abrams@du.edu
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Sari Havis

Sari Havis

Lecturer and Director of Hebrew Program
(CJS & Dept of Languages and Literatures)

Hebrew language pedagogy; Israeli cinema; Israeli culture and society; Israeli identity and Holocaust Studies

Phone: 303-871-2343
Email: sari.havis@du.edu
Email: sari.havis@gmail.com
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Sarah Pessin

Sarah Pessin, Director

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Judaic Studies
(CJS & Dept of Philosophy)
Emil and Eva Hecht Chair in Judaic Studies
Director, Center for Judaic Studies

Jewish Philosophy; Medieval Philosophy (comparative Jewish, Islamic, Christian); Neoplatonism; Modern Jewish Philosophy; Post-Holocaust theology and ethics

Email: spessin@du.edu 
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Adam Rovner

Adam Rovner

Associate Professor of English and Jewish Literature
(CJS & Dept of English)

American Jewish and Israeli Literature; Translation and Translation Theory; Trans-national Holocaust Literature; Literature and Jewish Nationalisms; Narrative Theory; Humor Studies

Phone: 303-871-2861
Email: adam.rovner@du.edu 
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Alison Schofield

Alison Schofield

Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies
(CJS & Dept of Religious Studies)

Judaism; religious theory; Dead Sea Scrolls; sacred space; exile and diaspora; gender and Judaism; Bible; Second Temple Judaism

Phone: 303-871-2752
Email: aschofie@du.edu 
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Jonathan Sciarcon

Jonathan Sciarcon

Assistant Professor of Jewish History
(CJS & Dept of History)

Middle East History; Iraqi Jewish History; History of Jewish Women's Education in Iraq; Ottoman History; US-Israeli Relations

Phone: 303-871-2954
Email: jonathan.sciarcon@du.edu 
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AFFILIATED FACULTY

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Pamela M. Eisenbaum

Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins, Iliff School of Theology
Phone: 303-765-3167
Email: peisenbaum@iliff.edu
Education: PhD, Iliff School of Theology

Amy Erickson

Amy Erickson

Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, Iliff School of Theology
Phone: 303-744-1287
Email: aerick26@du.edu
Education: PhD candidate, Princeton Theological Seminary

Arthur Gilbert

Arthur Gilbert

Associate Professor, Korbel School of International Studies
Phone: 303-871-2545
Email: argilber@du.edu
Education: PhD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Allison Horsley

Allison Horsley

Assistant Professor of Dramatic Literature, Department of Theatre
Phone: 303-871-3161
Email: allison.horsley@du.edu
Education: MFA in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism, Yale University

Beth Karlsgodt

Elizabeth Campbell Karlsgodt

Associate Professor
(Dept of History)

Modern European and French History; History and Memory; Holocaust History; History and Legacy of Nazi Art Looting

Phone: 303-871-2947
Email: elizabeth.karlsgodt@du.edu

News: DU History Professor and CJS faculty Prof. Elizabeth Karlsgodt is the author of   Defending National Treasures: French Art and Heritage under Vichy  (Stanford University Press, 2011). She is currently writing a book with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities on the recovery of art looted by the Nazis, comparing restitution practices in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.Read about Prof. Beth Karlsgodt's research and insights regarding Nazi art looting, the subject of her new book and recent articles:

*US News and World Report: The Real 'Monuments Men' (and Women)

*DU Magazine: History professor tells the real story behind Clooney's 'Monuments Men'

*Beth Karlsgodt's blog entries about her recent travel to Nazi camps in Europe.

This Winter, Prof. Karlsgodt reached out to Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society Director Jeanne Abrams to integrate the Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Archives into her course, European Culture in the World Wars. Prof. Karlsgodt's students worked with archivist Thyria Wilson to examine documents and materials in the Lowenstein Collection to enhance their knowledge of European culture before and during WWII. Using primary resources of Holocaust survivor and Denver theater pioneer, Henry Lowenstein, the students worked on research projects as part of their final papers. Additionally, the class attended an exhibition of Maria Lowenstein's works of art at the Niza Knoll gallery in Denver, as well as attended Henry Lowenstein's talk at the gallery, in which he described his mother's experiences from the Bolshevik Revolution, during both world wars, and into the Cold War.

Learn with Prof. Karlsgodt at the AHSS Alumni Reception and Livingston Lecture: The Real Monuments Men and Women: Art Restitution Successes and Challenges. Reception at 5:30, Alumni Award Presentation at 6:30, Lecture begins at 6:45, followed by book signing.
Monday, May 5, 2014, 5:30-8:00pm. Register here!

Beth Karlsgodt recently gave a lecture for the Humanities Institute discussing the historical roots of today's disputes by examining shifts in cultural property norms since the Nazi plunder of European art during World War II. This recent history elucidates current social and political trends, including an acute and transnational concern for heritage, variously defined, in our globalizing era.

Read Beth Karlsgodt's blog entries about her recent travel to Nazi camps in Europe.

Education: PhD, New York University

Lydia Gil Keff

Lydia Gil Keff

Lecturer
(Dept of Languages and Literatures)

Spanish Language and Literature; Memory Studies; Holocaust Literature; Latin American Jewish Literature; Holocaust in Latin America; Jewish-Latino and Jewish-Latin American literature in translation

Phone: 303-871-7844
Email: lydia.gil@du.edu

Professor Gil Keff just returned from presenting on "Digital Storytelling in Latin American Jewish Literature and Culture Courses" at the 16th Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA) Conference, hosted by the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas-Austin (9-11 June 2013). Lydia also recently published an article: "A Voice to the Scream: Writing the Shoah in Mauricio Rosencof's THE LETTERS THAT NEVER CAME," in The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 42.1, (2009): 43-54.

Education: PhD, Spanish/Latin American literature, University of Texas at Austin

Kristian Miccio

G. Kristian Miccio

Associate Professor, Sturm College of Law
Phone: 303-871-6361
Email: kmiccio@du.edu
Education: LLM, Columbia Law School, Columbia University
JD, Antioch School of Law, Antioch University
MA, public administration, Rockefeller College, University of New York
BA, Marymount College of Fordham University

Greg Robbins

Gregory A. Robbins

Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies
Phone: 303-871-2751
Email: grobbins@du.edu
Education: PhD, Duke University

Eliana Schonberg

Eliana Schonberg

Director of the University Writing Center
Phone: 303-871-7431
Email: eliana.schonberg@du.edu
Education: PhD, English, University of Texas, Austin

Rabbi Stanley Wagner

CJS EMERITUS

Rabbi Stanley M. Wagner, of blessed memory
Founding Director, Emeritus
News: Rabbi Wagner is co-author of the five-volume Onkelos on the Torah: Understanding the Bible Text (Gefen Publishing House, Jerusalem/New York) with Rabbi Dr. Israel Drazin.

Selected materials from their work were incorporated into the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations' new and increasingly popular Shnayim Mikra program, in which each weekly portion of the Torah's current book is studied online. The goal of integrating these materials is to encourage people to increase their study of Onkelos, an important Bible commentator and translator.

In 2010, Rabbi Stanley Wagner published an essay on Onkelos, "Translation, Midrash, and Commentary Through the Eyes of Onkelos," The Jewish Bible Quarterly, volume 38, number 3, 151, July-September 2010, pp. 191-201.

STAFF

Amy Balogh

Amy Balogh

HAI Program Developer and Archivist
Phone: 303-871-3013
Email: amy.balogh@iliff.edu
Education: PhD Candidate, Biblical Interpretation, Hebrew Bible, Iliff School of Theology
MA, Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages, Jewish Theological Seminary
BA, Biblical Studies, Patten University

Thyria Wilson

Thyria K. Wilson

Archivist and Reference Specialist
Assistant to the director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives
Phone: 303-871-3012
Email: thyria.wilson@du.edu
Education: JD, MLIS, University of Denver