The Program in Jewish Studies works in conjuction with the CU University Libraries and a team of archivists to preserve and provide access to the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Collections.
Director of the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Collection
Professor Beverly Weber is the Director of the Program in Jewish Studies and a Professor of Jewish Studies and German Studies. Her and teaching interests include the intersections of race, gender, and migration in Germany and Europe; comparative studies of racialization; digital activism; contemporary visual cultures; contemporary German literature and culture; and Islam in Europe. Her interdisciplinary work is informed by transnational feminist cultural studies frameworks, with a current focus on theories of precarity and intimacy; and incorporates analysis of popular media, literature, and film.
Director of Special Collections and Archives
Heather Bowden is the Director of Special Collections and Archives in the CU Boulder Libraries Special Collections, Archives & Preservation Department. She has a PhD in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she developed her research on digital preservation in archives and libraries. She has her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver, and her Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting from New Mexico State University. Bowden is the President of the Board of ArtHive, a new non-profit arts archive and library project in Denver, and has been a Research Associate with the Long Now Foundation since 2007. She brings over a decade of experience with archives and a deep love of preserving our rich cultural heritage to this exciting collaborative effort.
Head of Archives
Megan K. Friedel is Head of Archives in the CU Boulder Libraries Special Collections, Archives & Preservation Department. She received her MS in Library and Information Science in 2002 and an MA in History in 2004, both from Simmons College and also holds a BA in English from Amherst College. Megan was previously Curator of Photography at the History Colorado museum in Denver and, prior to that, has held positions as an archivist at the University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library, Oregon Historical Society, and Massachusetts Historical Society. Her areas of research include the visual history of the American West, advocacy for under-represented communities in archives, and archival outreach involving collaborative community engagement.
Kalyani Fernando is a Project Archivist at CU Boulder Libraries Special Collections, Archives & Preservation Department, and is processing recent additions to the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Collections. She received her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion for archives and special collections took shape at History Colorado as a Collections & Library Assistant, then later as a Research Librarian, where she worked with artifacts and manuscript materials to create pop-up exhibits for the Stephen H. Hart Library. Before obtaining her MLIS, Kalyani worked in academic book publishing, and acquired projects focused on the American West, environmental history, and ran the series CultureAmerica. She is enthusiastic and committed to making history engaging and accessible to the larger university community, and is excited to contribute to this dynamic partnership.
Linda has over seven years of university administration experience at Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Comparative Literature, and The Center for Digital Humanities. She also has over seven years of nonprofit management experience at various synagogues in northern California and central New Jersey. Linda earned an MBA in marketing from West Texas A&M and a BS in Marketing from SUNY, Fashion Institute of Technology. Linda is an avid cross-country skier, prolific nature photographer, and proud mother of two college-age daughters.
Communication and Outreach Administrator
Vanessa Frye is the Communication and Outreach Administrator for the Program in Jewish Studies and Post-Holocaust American Judaism Collections. She graduated in 2016 from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Retail and Consumer Sciences. While at the University of Tennessee, Vanessa spent two years as a Marketing Assistant alongside the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research helping to advance student outreach. She has experience developing student engagement strategies, planning events to promote departments, maintaining social media, website development, publicity materials, and much more. Vanessa enjoys working with students and helping them achieve new goals.