Greenfield Summer Institute


24th Annual Greenfield Summer Institute

“Jews and Resilience”

July 22-25, 2024

Further details to be announced soon.

In Review: 2022 Institute

Last July marked two firsts for the Greenfield Summer Institute – the first Institute to be held in-person since 2019 and the first Institute to be held in a hybrid format. While the majority of the crowd attended in-person, it was wonderful to have a group participate online as well.

Last year’s Institute was centered around the theme of the Jewish family and featured renowned scholars from the UW and beyond, including Annie Polland (Tenement Museum), Rabbi Vanessa Ochs (University of Virginia), Joshua Shanes (College of Charleston), and Jordan Rosenblum (UW-Madison). The speakers covered topics such as Jewish wedding ceremonies across the ages, Yiddish cookbooks and newspapers, race and diversity in the Jewish family, dating and marriage in the Orthodox community, and the tradition of crafting family heirlooms. Of course, the highlight of the program was found between sessions, when attendees had a chance to mingle together with friends new and old. We look forward to seeing everyone again this year – in-person or online – for the 2023 Greenfield Summer Institute!

About the Greenfield Summer Institute

As the premiere outreach event of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, the Greenfield Summer Institute demonstrates our commitment to lifelong learning and testifies to the vision, legacy, and generosity of Center founders Laurence Weinstein and George Mosse. The Greenfield Summer Institute was the brainchild of Larry Greenfield, a member of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies Board of Visitors, who first proposed the idea of an adult summer institute in the mid-1990s. The first Greenfield Summer Institute in 2000 brought together people from the Madison community and beyond to participate in a unique blend of continuing education, entertainment, and fellowship. Now underwritten by the generosity of Larry and Ros Greenfield, the Institute showcases the research of UW–Madison faculty and acclaimed Jewish studies scholars from around the country.

Each year the Institute’s lectures center around a theme. In addition to lectures that explore the year’s theme in depth, the Institute also features concerts, dinners, and other opportunities to socialize.

Past Greenfield Summer Institutes

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