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The UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies will host its annual Spring Research Symposium on Friday, May 6. We are proud to highlight research by the seven members of the 2015-16 Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship. Each fellow has received funding and mentorship from the Stroum Center to help further their masters- and doctoral-level projects related to Jewish Studies.

This year, we are debuting a new, interactive format for our symposium, modeled on the poster session at academic conferences. Fellows will be stationed around the room with materials related to their research projects. The audience is invited to circulate among these stations, hear about the fellows’ exciting projects, and ask the students questions directly. We look forward to an engaging and interactive forum for sharing and connecting!

Paid parking for this event is accessible at the North Gatehouse entrance at NE 45th Street and 17th Avenue NE. The closest parking lot to the Intellectual House are at the Padelford Parking Garage (N-18, N-20, and N-21). Gatehouse attendants will be able to provide you with directions and a campus map if you’re unsure of where to go.

A light kosher breakfast will be served.

Here is this year’s slate of topics:

Canan Bolel, Richard M. Willner Memorial Scholar:
Mapping Jewish Childhood in Seattle, 1900-1950

Rachel Graf, Philip Bernstein Memorial Scholar:
Comics and Narratological Perspective: (Witnessing) Bias in Direct Experience

Berkay Gulen, Samuel and Althea Stroum Fellow:
Turkey’s Israel Policy After 2002

Oded Oron, Deborah and Doug Rosen Fellow: 
Let My People Stay: Seeking Asylum in the Jewish State

Sasha Prevost, I. Mervin and Georgiana Gorasht Fellow: 
From Hebrew Atheist to Sufi Martyr: Sarmad Kashani, the “Jewish Saint of India”

Katja Schatte, Rabbi Arthur A. Jacobovitz Fellow:
“Don’t We All Have a Responsibility in This World?”: Jewish Women’s Lives and Identities in East Berlin, 1945-1990

Emily Thompson, Mickey Sreebny Memorial Scholar:
“Readily Known and Accessible”: First Steps Toward a Seattle Jewish Library Catalog

We thank our community supporters for their generosity in establishing these fellowships and contributing to the vibrant intellectual community at the Stroum Center!


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  • Click here to find out more about this year’s class of Jewish Studies Graduate Fellows, including blog posts related to their projects.
  • Interested in applying for the 2016-17 Graduate Fellowship? Click here! Applications are due April 1st.


RSVP below to reserve your spot. Last year’s symposium was completely sold out!