The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies

The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies (EWCJS) is an academic center and a program unit of the College of Arts and Sciences with currently thirty-seven affiliated faculty, including one post-doctoral fellow, three adjunct lecturers, and an artist-in-residence, as well as visiting graduate students and research fellows.

The EWCJS offers interdisciplinary programs in Jewish studies on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate students can pursue a minor in Jewish studies, take our courses to satisfy Humanities and Social Science divisional credit requirements, or for elective credit. The EWCJS also supports graduate students and offers them affiliation with the Center.

With faculty from across the University, we offer courses in a wide range of disciplines as well as create and implement an ambitious schedule of academic and public lectures and cultural events. The Director of the Center is a CAS-appointed faculty member who serves for three years (renewable) and who sets all Center policies in consultation with faculty holding secondary (“joint programmatic”) appointments in the Center.

Named for Elie Wiesel, the 1986 Nobel Laureate for Peace and a member of the BU faculty for nearly forty years, we strive to maintain his legacy of excellent teaching and scholarship. We are particularly committed to the study of the Humanities in a Jewish key, a mission we bring to the greater Boston area through our public lectures and programs.

Academic Programs

  • The EWCJS is responsible for an undergraduate minor in Jewish studies and supports graduate students admitted to the Graduate Program of Religion (GPR).

Research and Publications

  • We support the research of affiliated faculty through funding and organization of lectures, seminars, and conferences. The EWCJS also supports faculty-driven publications, including the EWCJS series published by NYU Press.

Arts and Culture

  • Our building at 147 Bay State Road serves as a cultural hub on campus, where we host public lectures, workshops, salon events, and artistic productions.

Boston University has a distinguished history in Jewish studies. Visiting and resident faculty included such luminaries as Gershom Sholem, Nahum N. Glatzer, Marvin Fox, Everett Fox, and Michael Fishbane. From Elie Wiesel and the late Saul Bellow to current creative writing faculty Leslie Epstein and Robert Pinsky, Jewish authors have long been at home on campus.

The Elie Wiesel Center is housed in 147 Bay State Road, one of BU’s most elegant historical buildings. Constructed in 1899, the former Weld family mansion is now the Bet Shlomo v’ Sarah Wiesel, named in honor of Elie Wiesel’s parents.

Community Support

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to offer scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students, including opportunities for study in Israel. Your support also allows us to keep our lectures, seminars, and cultural events free and open to the public.

To learn how you can support Jewish studies at BU, contact Professor Michael Zank, Director, at mzank@bu.edu or at (617) 353.4434.