UC Santa Cruz has established an endowed chair named in honor of Murray Baumgarten, a professor emeritus of English and comparative literature. Baumgarten is also one of the founders of the university’s Jewish Studies program, and has taught classes on the Holocaust for years.
More than 150 donors committed a total of $977,130 to establish the Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies in the Center for Jewish Studies, located in the UCSC Institute for Humanities Research. The purpose of the chair is to promote research, teaching and public outreach activities in the realm of Jewish Studies.
Nathaniel Deutsch, a professor of history and director of the Center for Jewish Studies, will serve as the inaugural chair holder. He is also director of the Institute for Humanities Research at UC Santa Cruz and chair of the UC Consortium of Humanities Centers.