History Professor appointed by College as Director of new Jewish Studies Center
Posted: September 14, 2007
"The center is the first of its kind in the region, and will play a pivotal role in fostering understanding of the Jewish contribution to Western civilization," said Randy Diehl, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "Dr. Abzug brings a critical understanding of Jewish history and culture that will help the center develop as it explores the dynamic complexity of Jewish literature, population and traditions."
Abzug researches the Holocaust, antebellum America, and religion and psychology in American culture. His work has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Guggenheim Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies and numerous other foundations.
He is the author of "America Views the Holocaust, 1933-1945," "Cosmos Crumbling: American Reform and the Religious Imagination," "Inside the Vicious Heart: Americans and the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps" and "Passionate Liberator: Theodore Dwight Weld and the Dilemma of Reform." He also has been a consultant on numerous documentary films. The latest, "Borrowing Time," is a portrait of an American Holocaust survivor who devotes his life to the aid of terminally ill children and the homeless.