I am thrilled to have completed my first year at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. It was wonderful to teach a fantastic group of UT students about Judaism, Jewish life and culture, and the Holocaust during the academic year and over the summer. I am pleased to report that in the short time I have been here we have gained a number of new Judaic Studies majors and that the class on the Holocaust filled to capacity and unfortunately had a waiting list due to space constraints!
In addition to learning about my new position during the past year, I was delighted to get to meet a number of people in the community both near and far. People with long ties to the program welcomed me to the Volunteer community.
This past summer I had the privilege of working on my book on the Krakow Ghetto at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. I will present some of my findings at my inaugural lecture November 8, 2017, at the McClung Museum. I hope to see many of you tomorrow. To those I have not yet met, I look forward to meeting you soon.
Helene J. Sinnreich
Director, Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies