About the Harris Center and Jewish Studies at UNL

Upcoming Events

Free and open to the public:

Feb. 4, 2013, 7:00 PM
Author and human rights advocate Felice Gaer, director of the American Jewish Committee's Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights: "Protecting the Human Rights of Religious Minorities Worldwide: International Religious Freedom in U.S. Policy."
Lied Center for the Performing Arts. Co-sponsored with the EN Thompson Forum.

Feb. 28, 2013, 7:00 PM
Legal historian Vicki Woeste, research professor at the American Bar Association, "Henry Ford's War Against  Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech." Bessey Hall 117, City Campus. Co-sponsored with the History Department.

March 7, 2013, 7:00 PM
Historian Curtis Richardson, professor at Northwest Missouri State University, "Perceptions of Familial Violence in the 19th Century Russian Empire."  203 Oldfather Hall, City Campus. Co-sponsored with the Russian Club.

March 8, 10:30 and 12:30

Historian Curtis Richardson will lecture on "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: History of a Forgery," with emphasis on Russian connections, in two undergraduate courses. Contact office for more information.

See our Events Calendar

The Harris Center for Judaic Studies promotes and supports scholarship in Jewish Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Founded in 1991 with an emphasis on educating the people of the Great Plains region about Jewish civilization and the nature and history of anti-Semitism, as well as promoting understanding between Jews and non-Jews, today the Harris Center serves as a vibrant center of academic activity and public programming.

We offer a minor in Jewish Studies, support for undergraduate and graduate research, and a scholarly community for faculty working on topics related to Jewish Studies, broadly conceived. We provide a wide range of courses in the fields of history, political science, religious studies, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, and Jewish languages and literatures, taught by our affiliated faculty.

With particular strengths in the history of Judaism, the history and politics of the Middle East, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination, Jewish philosophy, and global Jewish diversity, the Harris Center has become a hub for interdisciplinary scholarship. We count among our resources the University of Nebraska Press, which has long had a strong line of publications in Jewish Studies and now handles publication and distribution of books from the Jewish Publication Society.

The Harris Center regularly presents public lectures, conferences, and symposia in the field of Jewish Studies. To be added to our program mailing list, send an email to hcjs@unl.edu.

We are currently updating our website. If in the interim you need assistance or have questions about our programs, please call or email our office.

Contact Us

Harris Center for Judaic Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
324 Seaton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0633
phone: (402) 472-9561
fax: (402) 472-0531
email: hcjs@unl.edu

Visit or Call  •  Spring Hours

Monday - 1:30-4:30 PM
Tuesday - 9-10:45 AM
Wednesday - 9-10:15 AM
Thursday - CLOSED
Friday - 1:30-3:30 PM

Note: The Harris Center will be closed March 17-24.


Dr. Jean Cahan
324 Seaton Hall
(402) 472-9561

Assistant Director
Dr. Naomi Leite
932 Oldfather Hall
(402) 472-7848

Program Assistant
Emily Judds
324 Seaton Hall
(402) 472-9561