- Global & International Studies, 4-E
- Jewish Studies
Appointments made by calling secretary at (812) 855-0453
All students wishing to pursue the Jewish Studies major, the Jewish Studies certificate, the Jewish Studies minor,and the Jewish Studies Hebrew minor are encouraged to meet with Dr. Lipson-Walker as early in their IU careers, as possible. Appointments can be arranged by calling the Borns Jewish Studies Program secretary at 855-0453. Sorry. Appointments cannot be arranged via e-mail. Students with questions for the advisor may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Offers advising for:
Carolyn Lipson-Walker, the Assistant Director of the Borns Jewish Studies Program, received her Ph.D. in Folklore and American Studies from Indiana University. As a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, she completed her dissertation "Shalom Y'all': The Folklore and Culture of Southern Jews," and has written a number of articles about southern Jewish culture and traditions. She has taught courses on Jewish folklore and American Jewish culture at IU. She received her M.A. in American Civilization from the George Washington University and her undergraduate degree from Tulane University. She has served on a number of university committees: The College’s Strategic Planning committee on engagement; as the liaison to Bloomington Advisors’ Council for the College of Arts and Sciences; and she serves on the Jerusalem Committee for IU Overseas Study and the advisory board for IU's Olamot: Center for Scholarly and Cultural Exchange with Israel. She served as a member of the IU Racial Incidents Team. She was a governing board member of IU's Hillel for 19 years and served as the vice president, long range planning chair, and as a member of the accreditation committee. She is now on the national advisory board for IU Hillel. She advises the Jewish Studies Student Association. She was the inaugural College of Arts and Sciences Advisor of the Year 2000 and in 2017 was awarded IU’s Professional Staff Merit Award. In her honor in 2018, the Dr. Carolyn Lipson-Walker Outstanding Senior Scholarship in Jewish Studies was created.
Away from Indiana University, Carolyn often serves as chazanit (cantor) at Congregation Beth Shalom and is on the board of The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington and the leadership team of Bloomington United. She has served on the selection committee for the National Jewish Book Award anthologies category. She has headed the Bloomington United Jewish Communities campaign and served on the board of the Monroe County Community School Corporation Foundation where she helped to create the Thank-A-Teacher program. She has also served as co-president of Bloomington Hadassah and as vice president of Congregation Beth Shalom. Before coming to Indiana University's Jewish Studies Program, she served as administrator of Congregation Beth Shalom for seven years.
Ten Reasons To Study Jewish Studies. We welcome all students into the major and certificate programs. No background or prior knowledge is necessary.