Jews of Color: Histories and Futures is a three-year initiative, supported by a $250,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, to explore the diverse traditions and experiences of Jews of Color in the United States in light of the complicated relationship that American Jewish communities have to white Christian supremacy and white privilege. Spearheaded by Samira Mehta (Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Director of the Program in Jewish Studies), this groundbreaking partnership between the Program in Jewish Studies and University Libraries recovers, studies, and elevates the voices and experiences of Jews of color in the United States through four areas of activity:
a working group of scholars, artists, and activists drawn from diverse communities
the first digital archive centering the experiences of Jews of Color, focused on oral histories and hosted by CU Boulder’s Innovations in Jewish Life Collections
public conversations on topics including Jews of Color, racism, white supremacy, and American Jewish life
publications, programs, and creative projects exploring these issues
We are deeply grateful to the Henry Luce Foundation for its support, and honored to be the home for a program that exemplifies a commitment—to producing new knowledge, building new connections, and transforming the world—that stands at the heart of what it can and should mean to be part of a public university in the twenty-first century.