Forum Response

Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher: Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Paula E. Hyman; Paula E. Hyman

Research Area: Culture and religion; Education

Keywords: Higher Education; Judaic Studies; Diversity; Curriculum

Type: Other

Coverage: United States United States


Responding to a series of articles in which Judaic Studies professors discuss their respective Jewish studies undergraduate programs, the author notes a common denominator of how relatively young are all the programs discussed. She posits that the prolliferation of Jewish studies in American universities in the past twenty-five years has been part of a broader recognition in American higher education of the need to expand the concept of the liberal arts curriculum to include cultures once deemed marginal to the American experience.