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Voice of Change - Professor Beth Alpert - Nakhai


Professor Beth Alpert Nakhai joins award-winning South African author Lauren Jacobs on “Voice of Change” (Cape Pulpit 729AM; Cape Town, S. Africa) to unpack the archaeology of Biblical women. In this fascinating and lively discussion, Beth answers questions around “How do we ground Biblical women in the past?” and “How can we move beyond the modern obsession of moral application, towards historical examination of Biblical women?” Beth... Read more
Tue, 10/04/2022 - 08:36

New Book in Honor of Beth Alpert Nakhai

New Book Announcement:  

In Pursuit of Visibility: Essays in Archaeology, Ethnography, and Text in Honor of Beth Alpert Nakhai
Edited by Jennie Ebeling, Laura Mazow (Archaeopress; 2022)

Festschrift is the highest honor that colleagues and former students can bestow upon an esteemed scholar.  In Pursuit of Visibility contains fifteen diverse essays that celebrate Beth’s important contributions to the field of Near Eastern archaeology, including... Read more
Tue, 09/27/2022 - 09:12

The Burns film at The Tucson J and in Green Valley

Director Ed Wright and Prof. Deborah Kaye participated in a screening and panel discussion about the Ken Burns 3-part Holocaust and Antisemitism film.  The events in Tucson (The Tucson J) and Green Valley (Green Valley Performing Arts Center) were very well attended (over 400 people at The Tucson J) and well received.

You can view this 3 part series on PBS which aired Sunday, September 18th

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Mon, 09/19/2022 - 07:26
Welcome our new Jeffrey B. Plevan Professor of Israel Studies, Dr. Anat Balint

Dr. Anat Balint will be the inaugural holder of the Jeffrey B. Plevan Chair in Israel Studies. Dr. Balint is currently an Israel Institute Visiting Scholar and Coordinator of the Jewish Studies Program at San Jose State University. A media scholar who specializes in the political economy of the media and the politics of Israeli media, Dr. Balint received her PhD in Media and Communication from the University of... Read more
Fri, 08/12/2022 - 10:45

The Mummy under the Bed: Essays on Gender and Methodology in the Ancient Near East

"The Mummy under the Bed: Essays on Gender and Methodology in the Ancient Near East,”  new book co-edited volume by Prof. Beth Nakhai with Katrien De Graf (Ghent University), Agnès Garcia-Ventura (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), and Anne Goddeeris (Ghent University) (wEdge vol. 1; Münster: Zaphon;

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Wed, 08/10/2022 - 13:50

JUS Alumn Receives MA from UCLA
Congratulations to one of our amazing JUS Alumni, Amanda Bauer!
Amanda Bauer recently received her MA from the University of California Los Angeles in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Her MA thesis is titled, “A Preliminary Catalogue: Female Plaque Figurines in Late Bronze Canaan” (2021). 
She completed her BA at the University of Arizona in 2017, with a dual-major in Anthropology and Judaic Studies. Her senior thesis... Read more
Tue, 12/14/2021 - 14:11
Alumn Becomes Certified Cantor

Emily Ellentuck who received her Minor in Judaic Studies and her Major in Elementary Education from The University of Arizona just recently became a certified Cantor through the Cantors Assembly internship program. Emily has worked for M’Kor Hayim since 2009- first as a cantorial soloist, then as cantorial intern (after joining the Cantorial Intern of the Cantors Assembly “CICA”... Read more
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 13:09

New book by Prof. Daniel Asia, "Observations on Music, Culture, and Politics"

Daniel Asia
Professor, Music
Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona

Observations on Music, Culture, and Politics is a bit of a surprise, or at least it is to me. It came about in a rather unintended fashion. I had been giving a talk around the country, “Breath in a Ram’s... Read more
Mon, 05/10/2021 - 15:26

Digging Abel Beth Maacah

Digging Abel Beth Maacah

5 Questions for the Dig Directors of Abel Beth Maacah
Nava Panitz-... Read more
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 08:18
Arizona’s long-awaited Holocaust education bill finally gets its moment

Arizona’s long-awaited Holocaust education bill finally gets its moment

By Matthew Kassel
Last week, Alma Hernandez, a Democratic state legislator from Tucson, introduced her long-awaited Holocaust education bill to the Arizona House of Representatives. The bill, which is likely to... Read more
Tue, 01/19/2021 - 09:51