The Program in Judaic Studies aims to promote and support the study of Jews and Judaism across Brown University. To that end, we announce research grants for Brown graduate and undergraduate students working in related fields. Funds may be used in a wide variety of ways, including acquisition of research materials, traveling to research sites, expenses related to presenting a paper at a conference, etc. Preference will be given to those who have taken courses in or who plan to work with an adviser in the Program in Judaic Studies. Grant proposal requests should not exceed $1,500.
The Program in Judaic Studies is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Essay Prize in Judaic Studies. The award will go to the best academic essay written by a current Brown University undergraduate (regardless of concentration) on any topic relating to Jews and Judaism. Papers that use interdisciplinary approaches are especially encouraged. Submissions can include (but are not limited to) a paper used in a course (revised or not), original research, or a thesis chapter that can stand on its own.
Professor David Jacobson offered UNIV 1001: "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Contested Narratives," in Wintersession, 2017. The course included an eight-day study tour of Israel/Palestine. In this seminar students compared the radically different narratives that Palestinians and Israelis tell themselves and the world about their struggle over Palestine/Israel.
Professor Saul Olyan, Samuel Ungerleider Jr. Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University, has published a book, with Yale University Press, entitled "Friendship in the Hebrew Bible."
In recognition of a $3.5 million gift made by Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld to support the renovation and ongoing maintenance of Brown University's Judaic Studies Building, the University has renamed the building, at 163 George Street, the "Hirschfeld House." Read more in the BDH.