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Carolyn Lipson-Walker

Assistant Director

All students wishing to pursue the Jewish Studies major and the Jewish Studies certificate are encouraged to "meet" via Zoom with Dr. Lipson-Walker as early in their IU careers, as possible. In fall 2021, students Zoom appointments can be arranged by emailing Students interested in signing up as Jewish Studies minor or Hebrew minors students should email her:

Offers advising for:

  • Jewish Studies major
  • Jewish Sacred Music program
  • Jewish Studies certificate
  • Jewish Studies minor
  • Jewish Studies Hebrew minor
  • Jewish Studies honors students

Carolyn Lipson-Walker received her Ph.D. in Folklore and American Studies from Indiana University. As a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, she completed her dissertation "Shalom Y'all’: The Folklore and Culture of Southern Jews," and has written a number of articles about southern Jewish culture and traditions. She has taught courses on Jewish folklore and American Jewish culture at IU. She received her M.A. in American Civilization from The George Washington University and her undergraduate degree from Tulane University.

She has served on a number of university committees: The Collegeís Engagement: Government, Private Industry, Community, Alumni Strategic Planning Committee; as liaison to Bloomington Advisorsí Council for the College of Arts and Sciences; and she continues on the Jerusalem Committee for IU Overseas Study. She served as a member of the IU Racial Incidents Team. She served as a governing board member of IUís Hillel for 19 years; serving as as vice president, long range planning chair, and as a member of the accreditation committee. She currently serves on the National Advising Board of IU Hillel. She advises the Jewish Studies Student Association. She was the inaugural College of Arts and Sciences Advisor of the Year, and in 2017 was awarded IU's Professional Staff Merit Award. In her honor in 2018, the Dr. Carolyn Lipson-Walker Outstanding Senior Scholarship in Jewish Studies was established.

Away from Indiana University, Carolyn often serves as chazanit (cantor) at Congregation Beth Shalom. She is on the leadership team of Bloomington United. She has served on the selection committee for the National Jewish Book Award anthologies category. She has headed the Bloomington United Jewish Communities campaign and served on the board of the Monroe County Community School Corporation Foundation where she helped to create the Thank-A-Teacher program. She has also served as co-president of Bloomington Hadassah, and as vice president and secretary of Congregation Beth Shalom. Before coming to Indiana University's Jewish Studies Program, she served as administrator of Congregation Beth Shalom for seven years. She takes great pleasure and pride in advising and mentoring Jewish students for more than 28 years.

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