The Viterbi Family Program in Mediterranean Jewish Studies
The Viterbi Family Program in Mediterranean Jewish Studies is the first of its kind at a university. Endowed by Erna and Andrew Viterbi and their three children, the program builds on a trend in historical studies to look beyond traditional political boundaries in order to understand transnational commercial and intellectual connections between different groups of people. Each year the Viterbi program brings a distinguished scholar to campus for one quarter of instruction. The endowment also funds quarterly seminars on Jewish communities in Italy, France, Spain, the Balkans, North Africa, Egypt or Israel. We are grateful to the Viterbi family for their vision in establishing The Viterbi Family Program in Mediterranean Jewish Studies and are deeply honored that they chose the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies as the Program’s home.
"Azariah de' Rossi (1511-1577): An Exceptional Italian Jew of the Renaissance"
May 18, 2008 - "Remembrance of Things Past"
This symposium, cosponsored by the UCLA Department of Italian, focused on the ways in which Jews and Christians remembered and wrote about the past in medieval and early modern times. It featured three leading scholars of European and Jewish history. Podcasts of their lectures are available here: