To Seattle from the Belgian Congo via Tel Aviv

Oscar Olivier was forced to flee the Belgian Congo in search of a stable life. His story weaves together the pursuit of freedom and justice, the power of resistance, and embracing of his Jewish past.

After Memorial Day: Putting the Israeli Culture of Commemoration in a Comparative Perspective

Opportunity Grant winner Anat Goldman reflects on the similarities and challenges of national moments of commemoration in Israel and Turkey.

By | May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Grad Student Writing, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Bethlehem for Christmas

Visiting Bethlehem on Christmas, Stroum Center Graduate Fellow Emily Gade discovers some interesting cultural commingling.

Reimagining Sephardic Çanakkale and its Ties to Seattle

Stroum Center Opportunity Grant winner Ozgur Ozkan reflects on the ties between Çanakkale, Turkey, and Sephardic Seattle.

By | May 1st, 2017|Categories: Grad Student Writing, Sephardic Studies, Uncategorized|1 Comment

What Does It Mean to Be Heard?

Opportunity Grant winner Katja Schatte reflects on her time at the Voice of Witness Oral History training and its impact on her multimedia doctoral project centered on the voices of East German Jewish women.

By | March 30th, 2017|Categories: Grad Student Writing, Student Writing|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Dying Dead Sea: Beauty and the Underbelly

In reflecting on the shrinking Dead Sea, Opportunity Grant winner Emily Gade considers the underbelly of beautiful things.

Podcast: Migrants’ Mobilization for Rights & Recognition in Israel

Doctoral student Oded Oron discusses the plight of African migrants in the state of Israel.

The Solo–and Collaborative–Process of Writing a Dissertation

Esra Bakkalbasioglu, a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Near and Middle Eastern Studies, argues that sharing ideas with colleagues is key when writing a dissertation.