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Congratulations to our award recipients!

Awards for dissertation year fellowships, travel and research grants, and this year's new student lectureship have been announced. Thank you to all of our donors who make this funding possible. Please see the list of award winners

The Laing Prize has been awarded to David Nirenberg for his book Neighboring Faiths. Prof. Nirenberg is the Dean of the Social Sciences Division and a member of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies. See the recent article.

Listen to UC Alumna Shayna Zamkanei on "Frankley Judaic"

Shayna Zamkanei received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2015 with the dissertation, "The Politics of Justice for Arab Jews." Presently she is a fellow at the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Jewish Studies of The University of Michigan. In an interview for the podcast "Frankley Judaic," she talks about what inspired her to pursue this topic of research. To hear the interview, click here.

Student Conference and Research Travel Grants

The Center for Jewish Studies offers travel funding for students giving presentations at academic conferences and for those who must travel away from the University to access resources necessary for their research. Grants for conference travel are accepted throughout the year; research grants are awarded through an annual competition. Please see the application forms for instructions.

Congratulations to the co-winners of the 2016 Undergraduate Course Essay Competition

Eliora Katz, a philosophy major, wrote the paper  "A Tale of Two Maimonides: Maimonides in the Thought of Joseph Solveitchik and Yeshayahu Leibowitz" for the seminar Topics in Philosophy of Judaism: Ethics and Halakah taught by Prof. Arnold Davidson in Autumn Quarter 2015.

Rivka Baker Keusch, majoring in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, wrote the paper "How Hopeful is Hatikvah: The Extent to Which a National Anthem Can Unify" for the Music seminar on Israel/Palestine taught by Prof. Philip Bohlman in Spring Quarter 2015.

Both winners will receive a cash prize of $500, funded by a generous grant from the Gemunder Family.

Edwin Seroussi, Professor of Musicology and Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is the Joyce Z. Greenberg Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago for Winter Quarter 2016. On January 28, 2016, Prof. Seroussi gave a public lecture entitled, "Jews Becoming Modern: The Musical Track." To listen to the lecture, click on this link.