The Jewish Studies Network focuses on Jews, Judaism, and Jewish communities worldwide, from the ancient world to the present day and into the future. Our members collaborate to expand curricular offerings and to foster research and artistic activity, both within the university and with community partners. 



In the news: Opinion: I teach about Anne Frank because she teaches us about ourselves

Sunday, February 27, 2022
Kirsten E. Kumpf Baele
For many, Anne Frank’s name conjures imagery of a young Jewish girl with long dark hair and twinkling eyes, a secret hiding space, and of course, a diary. 

In the news: Keeping Anne Frank’s story alive in Iowa

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Jami Martin-Trainor
Through the Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank exhibit, a tree-planting ceremony, and virtual webinars, Anne Frank’s story is taught, discussed, and kept alive at the University of Iowa.

In the news: University of Iowa takes a look at the legacy of Anne Frank. Here's the schedule, and how to attend

Thursday, January 27, 2022
Paris Barraza
“Teaching Anne Frank” brings experts across disciplines to explore the educational value and continuing relevance of her story.

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