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November 1–30, 2020


Virtual art exhibition featuring works by Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak 

The virtual exhibition is available for viewing at

Also, with musical background


Monday, November 30, 2020 1:00 p.m. (PST)


Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s virtual conversation with Dr. Alexander Motyl, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Newark, on the Holodomor to mark the 87th anniversary of the Stalin-era genocidal famine in Ukraine in which over seven million people died of starvation.

Zoom registration at

For additional information on virtual commemoration events, see


Department of History’s Outstanding Student for 2020 was a finalist for prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

With an acceptance rate of only 0.7%, the Rhodes Scholarship remains one of the most competitive scholarships worldwide. Danielle Richman was one of 18 district finalists in this year's competition, and in this article she shares her journey and the drive behind reaching for her goals.

Rhodes Less Traveled by BoNhia Lee


Professor Ethan Kytle's series about the 1918-1919 flu epidemic can be found at the following link:

Check it out for information on how past epidemics were recorded. 

Upcoming Events

August 2020
August 2020      

Past Events

CANCELLED May 7th, 2020, 6-7:30 pm. Jewish Studies Graduation Reception.  Smittcamp Alumni House.

April 14th, 2020, 6 p.m. Jewish Studies Book Club -- The Yid by Paul Goldman. Henry Madden Library, Room 3212. Discussion leader TBA.

March 23rd, 2020, Lurianic tradition of Jewish Kabbalah, a form of Ancient Mysticism. Lecture by Professor James Russell. Music 160. Dr. Russell has published widely in the fields of Armenian Studies and Jewish Studies and currently teaches Jewish Studies 10: Jewish Civilization and Hebrew.

March 19th, 2020 via ZOOM, 6 p.m. Amy Simon, “Imperfect Humans and Perfect Beasts: Changing Perceptions of German and Jewish Persecutors in Holocaust Ghetto Diaries.” Dr. Amy Simon holds the William and Audrey Farber Family Chair in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History at Michigan State University.  Her work on Holocaust fiction, memoir, diaries, and pedagogy has appeared in Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, Jewish Historical Studies, the Journal of Jewish Identities, and a number of edited volumes. 

March 17th, 2020, 6 p.m. Jewish Studies Book Club -- On Division by Goldie Goldbloom. Henry Madden Library, Room 3212. Discussion leader TBA.

March 11th, 2020, Noon - 1:30 P.M. - Library 3212. 
Celebrate Women's History Month with a panel highlighting women from all around our campus! Dr. Joy Goto, Dr. Mitzi Lowe, Dr. Alicia Becton, and Dr. Maritere López will answer questions about their experiences with academia and share their wisdom as women in higher education.  

February 20th, 2020, 11:30-1:30 pm. Jewish Faculty and Staff Spring Luncheon Meeting, HML 4415.

CANCELLED - February 11th, 2020, the Jewish Studies Program will host a screening of Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles and McGilligan will again lead a discussion about Brooks and his work.  Both events will be in the Henry Madden Library, Room 3212 and are co-sponsored by the College of Social Sciences, Jewish Studies at Fresno State and the Henry Madden Library. 

CANCELLED - February 10th, 2020, Jewish Studies Book Club -- Funny Man: Mel Brooks with the author, prolific film historian Patrick McGilligan, leading the discussion.  The next evening, 

February 3rd, 2020, 10-11:30 am PB 191. The Dialog Project:

Environmental Cooperation in Israel and Palestine. 

Arava Institute alumni Shira Fisch and Mohammed Jarrad are visiting universities and communities throughout the United States to speak about their experiences growing up in Israeli and Palestinian families, their decision to study environmental cooperation together at the Arava Institute, and answer any questions raised by members of the community. The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is a leading environmental studies and research institute in the Middle East. It houses accredited academic programs, research centers, and international cooperation initiatives focusing on a range of environmental concerns and challenges.  For more info:

February 3rd to 28th, 2020, our Henry Madden Library's Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery will feature “Art and War: Donbas, 2014 to the Present,” an exhibit of paintings and drawings by Yulia Gasio, our Fresno State alumna and a faculty member at California State University, Long Beach. The goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness among Fresno State students and the Fresno community about the event rarely covered by the media. In five years since the Revolution of Dignity and the annexation of Crimea, the events rapidly escalated into war in eastern Ukraine, ceasefire after a cease-fire has been violated, producing over 13,000 casualties and displacing over 2 million people who have fled the region as airports, schools, hospitals, and roads were bombed to rubble.

The exhibit stresses the need to end the war by depicting its brutality and evoking empathy for the suffering and displaced Ukrainian citizens, including the artist’s family. To provide background for the artist’s talk, Dr. Hiroaki Kuromiya of Indiana University, Bloomington, an American historian of Japanese origin, a specialist on Ukrainian and Soviet history, and the author of Freedom and Terror in the Donbas: A Ukrainian-Russian Borderland, 1870s–1990s (Cambridge University Press, 1998), will present a lecture on the topic “How to Understand the Enigma of the Donbas.” The opening ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, February 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. will feature a Ukrainian mournful song, a cappella performance of music that blends liturgical chants with Ukrainian folk music, to commemorate the slain Heavenly Hundred and to honor soldiers and volunteers fighting in eastern Ukraine on the frontline of Russia’s ongoing war against the American-led world order to defend the spirit and the promise of democracy.

Link to press release may be found here 

December 10th, 2019:  Pop-Up Teach-In

November 22nd, 2019: Phi Alpha Theta Pub Quiz, 6 pm at Luna's.

Day of Giving - All Day Event. Click here to see ways you can give back.

November 7th, 2019: A Conversation with Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - 3-4 pm, PB 191

November 5th, 2019: Teach-In: Evicted in Fresno: Let's Put Knowledge into Action on Housing Justice - 4-5:30 pm, Library 3212. Presentation by Amber Crowell(Sociology department) and Janine Nkosi, Sociology Department, Faith in the Valley

October 8th, 2019 Pop-Up Teach-In: Impeachment: What is it? What should we care about?  3 - 4:30 PM, Library 3212


Jewish Studies Sponsored October Book Club Meeting: Tuesday, October 15th (click here for more information


News Updates

Malik Simba

Dr. Malik Simba retires after 29 years at Fresno State