Greenfield Summer Institute
The Greenfield Summer Institute is an adult summer institute that showcases the research of UW–Madison faculty and acclaimed Jewish studies scholars from around the country. The Institute has been running since 2000, with each year’s lectures being centered around a unique theme. This year’s Institute is centered around the theme “Jews and Politics: America, Israel, Europe.” While typically the Institute is held in person, this year it will be held online.
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This year’s Greenfield Summer Institute will take place on the heels of an exceptionally eventful period in politics. The year 2020 witnessed great social unrest, a sharply politicized pandemic, and a contentious U.S. presidential election. In early 2021, a new administration set a dramatically different course for America, while Israel prepared for another national election—its fourth in two years. Throughout these changes, Jews and issues of Jewish concern have been highly visible. To help us make sense of these developments, Greenfield 2021 will focus on the political history of Jews in America, Israel, and Europe. What role have Jews played in modern politics? Is there a distinctly Jewish political identity? How do Jewish politics vary across time and place? Join us in exploring these and similar questions with distinguished scholars from across fields.