FELIX POSEN PROFESSORSHIP IN MODERN JEWISH HISTORY
Established in 2000 by Felix Posen

FELIX POSEN, A&S 1948, focuses his energy and substantial resources on educating the world about the cultural, intellectual, scientific, economic, and historical contributions of Jews over the centuries. He retired in 1992 as a partner of what was then the largest international trading firm dealing in oil, metal and minerals, and coal. Mr. Posen has been the main support of the well-known Center for the Study of Antisemitism at Hebrew University, which also houses the Felix Posen Bibliographic Project on Antisemitism. In 1992 he established two colleges in Israel: Alma Hebrew College in Tel Aviv and Meitar, the College of Pluralistic Judaism in Jerusalem. In 2001 he initiated educational programs on secular Judaism at seven Israeli institutions of higher learning. Mr. Posen is vice chairman of the International Federation of Secular Humanistic Jews, an association linking national organizations in Europe, North and South America, Israel, Australia, and countries of the former Soviet Union. He is governor emeritus and an honorary fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and was awarded both an honorary fellowship and doctorate by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

 

"I'm a great believer that study of Jewish culture is a central part of our Western intellectual life. Judaism has been important as a contributor to world culture."
Felix Posen

 

KENNETH MOSS is the inaugural Felix Posen Professor of Modern Jewish History. A rising scholar of Russian and Eastern European Jewish history and culture, Dr. Moss has published papers in Jewish Social Studies and the Journal of Social History. He studied in Israel, Moscow, and the YIVO Yiddish program in New York, and draws on sources in Hebrew, Russian, and Yiddish in his work. Dr. Moss joined the Hopkins Department of History faculty in 2003 after completing graduate work at Stanford.