TIJS celebrates students achievements

Students, faculty and staff of TIJS all gathered on April 20 to celebrate the 2016–2017 academic school year and acknowledge students who have won awards and grants.

The Blumenthal Awards were the first presented at the reception. The Blumenthal Awards were established in 1999 by friends and colleagues of Professor David R. Blumenthal in honor of his crucial role in shaping TIJS at Emory. These awards recognize academic papers and projects of the highest scholarly standard that link Jewish Studies to broader human concerns. Winners of the award receive a check for $500 and a certificate, which was presented at the reception.

This year, graduate student Keenan Davis in the Graduate Division of Religion won the award with his paper, “Overflow as a Mediating Term in Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed.” Amin Sadri, law student, won honorable mention for his paper entitled, “Judaism and the Baha'i Faith: How Minority Religious Traditions Exist Within Majority Societies.”

Above (Left to Right): David Blumenthal, Keenan Davis, 
& Michael Broyde (2016-2017 Chair of Blumenthal Award Committee)
at the End of Year Reception

TIJS also honored students who received grants at the reception. TIJS uses grants to support students’ academic endeavors in Jewish Studies beyond regular coursework and classroom activities including study abroad programs, language study, research, and travel to attend or present papers at scholarly conferences.

For the 2016 -2017 academic year, graduate students Matthew Brittingham and Cory Driver received grants. For the summer, undergraduate student Margaux Nijerk and graduate students Collin Cornell, Keenan Davis and Anastasiia Strakhova all received grants. Attendees heard brief summaries of each recipient’s plans for the funds they received from TIJS, the summaries are listed below.

  • Brittingham used his grant to attend the 48th Annual Association for Jewish Studies Conference in San Diego, CA
  • Driver’s funds supported travel to Kochi, India to conduct research
  • Nijkerk received funding to cover expenses for an internship with the Middle East Peace Process Program at the Washington Institute for Near Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C
  • Cornell will use his grant to co-present a paper with Prof. Brent Strawn at the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting in Berlin
  • Davis will attending the Oxford Summer Institute on Modern and Contemporary Judaism in England
  • Strakhova will use her funds to do archival research in the Ukraine and Israel


Above (Left to Right): Professor Catherine Dana, Margaux Nijerk, 
Keenan Davis, TIJS Director Eric Goldstein, & Colin Cornell
at the End of Year Reception

TIJS is committed to the ongoing support of students engaged in Jewish Studies. We are grateful to the donors whose gifts made these grants and awards possible.

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