About Us

Thanks to a generous grant from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philantrophies, the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies is a thriving hub for the study and appreciation of Jewish culture, history, and society since its founding in 2007. The Center has become an intergral part of the undergraduate curriculum at UT Austin through the development of the Jewish Studies major, minors in Jewish Studies and Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the creation of wide-ranging course offerings, and the introduction of an innovative internship program. The Center also reaches audiences beyond the classroom with sponsored lectures, conferences, exhibits, and cultural events. Housing both the Gale Collaborative on Jewish Life in the Americas and the Texas Holocaust Scholars Network, the Center continues to produce and contribute to pioneering research in the field of Jewish Studies.

Statement by the Executive Committee of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies

On Antiracism and Social Justice:

The Executive Committee of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies supports the antiracism and social justice work that is being done by the Association for Jewish Studies  and many other institutions on and off the UT Campus.  We are in the process of formulating a concrete plan of action that honors this commitment to antiracism and social justice by identifying concrete steps that will further this goal.

On Academic Boycotts:

In the spirit of openness and intellectual inquiry, the Schusterman Center does not support a boycott of Israel. The Center does support evidence-based research and academic freedom in the fullest sense of the word.  We do not evaluate outside speakers, affiliated faculty members, students, or members of the general public with regard to their political beliefs, affiliations, or positions.  The political positions of speakers, faculty members, students, and members of the general public are theirs alone and not those of the Center.