The director of the Jewish Studies Program at San Francisco State University describes how Jewish studies functions within the university. First established in 1995, the program is rooted in a firm commitment to a close and ongoing relationship with the Jewish community of the San Francisco Bay Area, and to a vigorous exploration of the way that the practice and passion for Jewish learning is a part of the academic inquiry. Their mission is "a scholarship of engagement, a progressive tradition," which means to actively and closely ally with the on- and off-campus communities to pursue vigorously the academic study of Jewish history, culture, religion, ethics, and philosophy as they are applied within the community and used by community leadership. It is also a program with a powerful history of the deepest academic discourse about the contended terrain in academia of race, ethnicity, student and faculty governance and freedom of speech.
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Zoloff, Laurie. Facts on the Ground: Jewish Studies in the Public University: San Francisco State University. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Fall 1999: