Awards and Prizes
The Gary H. Plotnick '62 Memorial Prize in Jewish Studies
This prize will be awarded for the best essay or research paper written by a student in any of the courses offered by the Jewish Studies Program during the academic year. The prize may also be awarded for a submission on a Jewish Studies theme that may have been written for a course other than one offered by the Jewish Studies Program. The selection of the prize winner and the amount of the award will be determined by the faculty associated with the program. If there are no qualified student papers in any year, the faculty may decide not to award the prize.
The deadline is the end of spring term.
Plotnick Prize Winners
- Kurt Prescott '12
Chapter from a Religion thesis "From Dan to Beersheba,". The chapter discusses archeological evidence from Tel Dan and argues for its Israelite identity and for its significance in interpreting biblical accounts of the Jerusalem temple.
- Nathan Gusdorf '12
Chapter from a Philosophy thesis "Adorian Marxism: The Concept of Critique,". The chapter defends Adorno's Dialectic of Enlightenment from Habermas' criticism by retracing the structure of the dialectic and showing that the violence of fascist anti-Semitism is a specific, possible but not a necessary, outcome of the dialectic.
- Saul E. Zebovitz '11 for "The Modern State of American Jewish Education"
- Claire E. Scott '11 for "Deutschkron: Ich Trug den Gelben Stern"
- Kurt W. Prescott '12 for "Pilgrimage to Sinai? Understanding Kuntillet Ajrud in the Context of Religious Pluralism"
- Nathaniel F. Obler '10 for "Spinoza's Shadow: Jewish Modernities in Maimon, Hess, and Freud"
- Tien-Tien L. Jong '10 for "Responses to Kant's Moral Philosophy from Spinoza, Buber, and Levinas"
- Timothy M. Baker '08 for "All that Glitters: Considering the Spanish Golden Age in Light of its Evidence and its Constructed Histories
- Jacob L. Schindel '09 for "Secularity and Judaism in Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'"
- Dana S. Altshuler, MALS, for "Imagining and Imaging Anti-Semitism: Jewish Self-Hatred in 20th Century Literature and Culture"
- Ashley B. Graham '07 for "A Jewish American or an Americanized Jew? Eastern European Jews in German Jewish Institutions in New York City, 1880-1914"
- Timothy M. Baker '08 for "Hath Not a Jew...? Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Anti-Judaism from April 1933 to November 1933
- Sara A. Givner '06, for "Secular Yiddish Culture and Jewish Identity in America: A Study of New York-based Yiddish Schools and Summer Camps, 1930-1960"
- David Kerem for "On the Film rendition of Yorim Kaniuk's Himmo King of Jerasulem"
- Sandeep Ramesh for "Ethics of the Secret: The Law, the Ban, the Bomb"
- Samuel Stein '04
- Elisheva M. Hirschman-Green '04
- Magdalena Panz '05, for "Three Caskets and the Three Rings: Solving Riddles in the Merchant of Venice and Nathan the Wise"
- Sandeep Ramesh, '05 for his paper entitled: "Hybridity or Theoretical Chaos? The Location of Culture or the End of Culture? An Analysis of Homi K. Bhabha's Framework of Hybridity and Its Drastic Shortcomings in Relation to the Holocaust"
Summer Financial Support
The Jewish Studies Program offers summer financial support for students engaged in research on topics related to courses offered in the Jewish Studies Program.
Grants range up to $1,000. Letters describing the nature of the research, plus a budget, are due by May 22th, 2013 and should be directed to:
Jewish Studies Program
201 Reed Hall
Students who receive funding will be asked to submit a report of their research after it is completed.