The Jewish Studies Program at Duke University originated in the 1940s and was formally established in 1972. The Program sponsors a wide variety of cultural events. The main energies of the Program are dedicated to offering a rich range of interdisciplinary courses covering the ancient period to the modern era. These courses include language, literature, history, and culture. Undergraduates may choose elective courses, or earn a certificate in Jewish Studies. Graduate degrees, both the MA and Ph.D., are offered through the Graduate Program in Religion.
The Center for Late Ancient Studies
The Center for Late Ancient Studies at Duke University promotes the interdisciplinary study of the culture of the Roman Empire, its neighbors and successors, from the second to the eighth century CE. It was formally established as a center in 2000, as a successor to the Late Ancient Studies Forum. The Forum, created in 1986, has gained international recognition through its sponsorship of a distinguished annual lecture series. Taking up the heritage of the Forum, the Center for Late Ancient Studies acts as an intellectual focus for the graduate students and faculty from different departments with shared historical commitment. In addition to the annual lecture series, the Center is active in creating and maintaining reading and discussion groups as well as in arranging conferences. Closely collaborating with colleagues from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Center also aims at establishing substantive inter-institutional links with neighboring universities.