Severine Stier, Dahlia Krutkovich, EJ Canny, Brodi Madison, Cathy Xu, Taylor Drake, Emmitt Sklar
Faculty Sponsor: Denham
In this tutorial students have researched and written a history of Jews and Jewishness at Davidson College. The history explores the experiences of Jewish students, faculty, and staff at Davidson; a history of campus speakers, programming, and organizations pertaining to Judaism, Jewishness and/or anti-Semitism (this includes the history of Hillel, for example); the cultural and historical context of being Jewish at Davidson, which includes coverage of Jews in the American South, the relationship over time between the Presbyterian Church and Judaism specifically, as well as that between the Reformed tradition and Jews and Judaism more broadly; the history of Jewish people in higher education in the US; and also a history of American anti-Semitism, through several relevant case studies, including the recent experience of anti-Semitic hate speech and threats on Davidson’s campus. The history is housed on a website and includes oral histories (video and audio).