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Laney Graduate School Announces Brickman-Levin Fund

Perry Brickman with  President James Wagner at 2012 event
Perry Brickman with President James Wagner at 2012 event

Two years ago, sparked by the personal story and historical research of S. Perry Brickman, well-known Atlanta dentist and leader of the Jewish community, Emory University formally acknowledged discrimination of its Jewish dental students between 1948 and 1961 when, under Dean John Buhler, they were systematically failed or forced to repeat one or more years of their dental education. Leading up to this event, Brickman had sought out other Jewish students who had similar experiences at the Emory dental school and recorded their stories. The resulting interviews were brought to the attention of the current Emory administration, eventually culminating in an emotional ceremony in October 2012, when President James Wagner apologized to a number of individuals who had been wronged, and to the entire Atlanta Jewish community, for the events of more than 50 years ago. Brickman's researchmaterials also formed the basis for a gripping documentary, From Silence to Recognition: Confronting Discrimination in Emory's Dental School History, which was produced by David Hughes Duke and John Duke and was shown to an audience of more than 500 guests at the event.

This remarkable series of events opened the door to healing for the former students and also recognized the efforts of Arthur Levin, the former director of the Anti-Defamation League, southeastern region, who documented the pattern of discrimination and took his findings to Emory President Walter Martin in the early 1960s. As an act of commemoration to those students and a demonstration of Emory's commitment to diversity and inclusion, members of the Atlanta community, in cooperation with TIJS and the Laney Graduate School, are honoring those who suffered and fought against this discrimination with a new endowment to fuel the work of graduate students in Jewish studies.

With gifts from private donors, the Brickman-Levin Fund will increase the amount of financial support these scholars receive for their work toward a PhD at Emory. In this way, the fund will provide a meaningful response to the anti-Semitism of the past by insuring that Jewish studies remains a permanent part of the graduate curriculum in the future. For more information about the Brickman-Levin Fund, please contact Robin Harpak at robin.harpak@emory.edu.


Click here to give now to the Brickman-Levin Fund.



About S. Perry Brickman and Arthur Levin

S. Perry BrickmanS. Perry Brickman began his studies at Emory College in 1949 and gained early admission to the Emory School of Dentistry in 1951. When he was asked to leave after his first year, he enrolled in the University of Tennessee Dental School, graduating with high honors in 1956. Brickman became a founding member and then president of the Georgia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, served on the Georgia Board of Dental Examiners, and was president of the Atlanta Jewish Federation.

 

 

 

 

Arthur LevinArthur Levin began his career as a parasitologist with the US military and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Considered an unsung hero of the civil rights movement, he used his position at the Anti-Defamation League to combat anti-Semitism, racial discrimination, and segregation in the South. He passed away in April 2013 at age 95.

 

 

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