Universities

Curator named for Oxford Hebrew Centre

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies has announced the successor to its longtime curator Dr Piet van Boxel.

Dr Cesar Merchan Hamann will take over from Dr van Boxel in September as curator of the Bodleian Library's Hebrew and Judaica collections.

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Body in lake linked to Lauren Spierer disappearance

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Investigators looking into the disappearance of a Jewish student from New York are to carry out an autopsy on a female body found in a lake 50 miles from where she went missing.

Lauren Spierer was last seen on June 20 on the campus of Indiana University, where she was studying.

Her family has vowed not to stop looking for the 20-year-old and thousands of people have joined search parties.

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Body in lake linked to Lauren Spierer disappearance

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Investigators looking into the disappearance of a Jewish student from New York are to carry out an autopsy on a female body found in a lake 50 miles from where she went missing.

Lauren Spierer was last seen on June 20 on the campus of Indiana University, where she was studying.

Her family has vowed not to stop looking for the 20-year-old and thousands of people have joined search parties.

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Israeli institution is top workplace outside US

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2011

An Israeli research centre has been named as the best place for academics to work outside the United States.

The Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot, was praised by Scientist Magazine in its annual survey of thousands of academic workplaces.

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Academic suing University and College Union over antisemitism vote

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

A British academic has announced that he is taking legal action against the Universities and Colleges Union after it made the "indecent" decision to distance itself from the European Union's working definition of antisemitism.

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Oxford bursary for Israelis

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

An Oxford University college is to introduce a postgraduate scholarship for Israeli students in what has been hailed as the first of its kind.

Exeter College will award the place to a masters or doctoral student from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, with priority given to women, minorities or a person from a disadvantaged background.

The scholarship has been named for Professor Rivka Carm

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University 'failed to probe anti-Israel talk

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2011

A group which monitors extremists has complained about the way Liverpool University investigated a medical course which it suspended for promoting anti-Israel propaganda.

Student Rights, which campaigns against extremism on campuses, said it had serious concerns after being refused Freedom of Information requests by the university.

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Yale project is the victim of a menacing zeitgeist

By David Hirsch, June 16, 2011

Neither the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) nor the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia's (EUMC) working definition of antisemitism are perfect but they are vilified more for what they get right than what they get wrong.

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EXCLUSIVE: SOAS taught Gaddafi son and hosts al-Qaradawi on editorial board

By Martin Bright, June 15, 2011

The country’s most prestigious university for the study of the Middle East provided one-to-one English tuition to Mutassim Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan dictator, who acts as his national security adviser. It also hosts the controversial Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi on the editorial board for its Journal of Islamic Studies.

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Israeli honour for Sir James Wolfensohn after Beirut petition

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

The former president of the World Bank has pulled out of a speech at the American University of Beirut because of pressure from anti-Israel activists.

Australian-born Sir James Wolfensohn, who is Jewish, was due to speak at the AUB graduation ceremony on June 25 and be awarded an honorary doctorate.

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