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Ira Chernus papers

Identifier: COU:4144

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The Ira Chernus Papers, donated upon his retirement to the Univeristy of Colorado, include research notes, writings, clippings, and journal copies.


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Retired Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, Ira Chernus (1946-) studied issues of war and peace and U.S. foreign policy from the perspective of a historian of religions. Chernus began his academic career studying the history of religions, in particular the history of Judaism, with special emphasis on the history of rabbinic Judaism and Jewish mysticism. He received his Ph.D. in Religion from Temple University in 1975. During the early 1980s, he became active in the antinuclear movement, which directed his research focus to issues of war and peace, especially in the United States, focused particularly on the history of the discourse of national insecurity in the U.S. and the foreign policies of U.S. presidents. Along with scholarly writings, Chernus also contributed to popular press outlets with a regular op-ed column in the Colorado Daily and occasional op-eds for the Boulder Daily Camera. His columns also appeared around the county in papers including the Atlanta Constitution, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, and Denver Post.

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Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

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