Faculty Profiles

Francesco Spangolo

Francesco Spagnolo, a multidisciplinary scholar focusing on Jewish studies, music and digital media, is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and a Lecturer in the Music Department at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a host for the cultural programs of Italian National Radio (RAI) in Rome. Intersecting textual, visual and musical cultures, he actively contributes to academic, cultural heritage and archival institutions, and live and electronic media in Europe, Israel and the United States. Francesco frequently lectures at academic institutions worldwide, publishes on a variety of subjects, and curates exhibitions and digital programs. Francesco holds a Laurea in Philosophy from the University of Milan (1994) and a PhD in Musicology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007). Francesco teaches MUS 343 Suvery of Jewish Musics and curates the Jewish Music Series associated with this class.

Henry Shreibman, Ph.D., Rabbi, DD

has been an adjunct faculty member over the last three years at Dominican University, Sonoma State, and UC Davis in Comparative Religion, History, Ethics, and Philosophy. He is the West Coast Director of Advancement and Outreach for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. He serves as Senior Research Fellow for the Levine Lent Foundation. Throughout his career, Shreibman has been cited for his service as an outstanding professional and educator. In 2008 Shreibman was awarded the Teacher of the Year at Dominican University as an adjunct. He received the Executive of the Year Award of the JCF in 2000. He served as the Head of School of Brandeis Hillel Day School for 13 years and was on the board of the California Association of Independent Schools. Henry is teaching JWST 255: The Evolution of Anti-Semitism: through history, literature, religion, and art. JWST 255 Syllabus.

Nick Underwood

Nick Underwood is a Ph.D. candidate in modern European and modern Jewish history at the University of Colorado Boulder. His dissertation, which is the first cultural history of the eastern European Jewish immigrant culture in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s, is titled "Staging a New Community: Jewish Immigrant Culture in Interwar France, 1920-1940." Nick has published with French Politics, Culture & Society and Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture and serves as managing editor for the journal East European Jewish Affairs. Nick is teaching JWST 200: Introduction to Jewish Studies. JWST 200 Syllabus