Gale Collaborative on Jewish Life in the Americas

Since the founding in 2007 of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, one of its central missions has been the study of Jewish life in Latin America, the United States, and Canada, populations that collectively comprise almost forty-seven percent of today’s Jewish world. We have formalized that commitment with the creation of the Gale Collaborative on Jewish Life in the Americas, bringing to a new level what has already been a rich part of the Schusterman Center’s contribution to the study of Jewish life and one that has received national and international recognition.

Over the past ten years, we have developed courses, supported research, and sponsored local public programs and panels at professional organizations on Jewish society, culture, and history in the Western Hemisphere. Distinguished scholars, journalists, writers, and artists from all regions have examined the history, literature and other cultural forms, and dynamic presence of Jews from the time of European exploration, conquest, and settlement to the present. In addition, we have already hosted two major conferences focused on the topic. Our largest single event was the 16th International Research Conference of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA), hosted by the Schusterman Center June 9-11, 2013, which attracted over a hundred participants. In late 2015, we brought together specialists on Jewish history, sociology, anthropology, and cultural production for an exploratory meeting on Jewish Life in the Americas that led to the formation of a working group to shape future research and institutional cooperation.

For information on our upcoming events, please see our events page.

The Collaborative’s new website, currently under construction, will feature details of future meetings and opportunities as well as a more detailed history of the Schusterman Center’s commitments in this area. 

Read more about the Gale Collaborative's wide range of activities in our 2018 Newsletter.

Meet the Co-Directors:

Dr. Naomi Lindstrom is the Gale Family Foundation Professor in Jewish Arts & Culture and Professor of Spanish & Portuguese. Her work lies at the nexus of Latin American Studies and Jewish Studies, with a focus on 19th, 20th, and 21st-century literature.
Contact: 
lindstrom@austin.utexas.edu
 

Dr. Robert Abzug is the founding director of the Schusterman Center, the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Regents Chair of Jewish Studies, and Professor of History and American Studies. His work centers on the creation and evolution of moral and ethical sensibilities in American society.


Guide to the Collections

Explore the rich collections pertaining to Jewish life in the Americas in our Guide to Jewish Studies Resources at UT Austin.