Friday, January 19, 2018

HALPERN AWARD FOR 2018-2019 now accepting applications


for students in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
funded by the Ethel M. Halpern Endowed Fund for Students.

APPLICATIONS DUE:                                    February 28, 2018
FOR ACTIVITY:                                               May 1, 2018-April 30, 2019

Undergraduate OR Graduate students are invited to apply for funding for any of the following:
  • travel or living expenses associated with a study abroad experience involving Jewish studies;
  • travel or living expenses associated with participation in a summer language program in Hebrew, Yiddish, or another language relevant to Jewish studies;
  • travel or living expenses associated with participation in an unpaid internship program directly connected to Jewish studies;
  • travel expenses related to other study or research in Jewish studies;
  • purchase of books or other materials related to research in Jewish studies.

Halpern Awards may be held in conjunction with other University and external funding in cases where the project costs exceed $1000.   

The following application materials must be received by 4 pm, Wednesday February 28, 2018
In a single PDF file to
  • a cover sheet with the following information: the student’s name, Peoplesoft number, preferred mailing address, telephone number, Pitt e-mail address, a title for their project, and a brief (2-3 sentence) description of the proposed activities
  • a statement of purpose (2-3 double-spaced pages) explaining the proposed activities in greater detail and how the activities will further the student’s studies;
  • a detailed budget of all anticipated expenses related to the proposed activities, including a list of other aid applied for and whether that aid has been granted or is pending, and a statement of the amount (up to $1000) requested from the Halpern Fund
  • the student’s academic advisement transcript

·         a letter of recommendation from a Pitt faculty member familiar with the student’s academic work and the proposed project should be e-mailed

·         official transcripts from any previous undergraduate institutions;

Any full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the Dietrich School who will be enrolled at Pitt in AY 2018-2019 is eligible. Preference will be given to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in at least one Jewish studies class (including Hebrew language) at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Students are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director to discuss their ideas prior to applying.  For any questions about the award, please contact:  Adam Shear, Director, Jewish Studies,

Friday, January 12, 2018

Jewsh Studies Program Events Spring 2018

More to come but this is a good start, don't you think?

Wednesday January 17, 2018, 7 pm- 9 pm, Cathedral of Learning 407
Film:  “A Serious Man” with post-film discussion led by Religious studies majors Sarah Koros and Kenneth Wahrenberger
Thursday January 18, 2018, 5 pm- 6:30 pm, Cathedral of Learning 602
Anne Knowles (University of Maine)
Humanities Center Lecture:
“Telling Spatial Stories of the Holocaust”
Sunday January 21, 2018, 10 am-12 noon, at Tree of Life Congregation,
Justin Cammy (Smith College)
Community Lecture:
“When Yiddish Was Young”
Monday January 22, 2018, 12-1:30 pm, Cathedral of Learning 501
Justin Cammy (Smith)
Jewish Studies Colloquium:
“When Yiddish Was Dead: Challenges of Translating  Sutzkever's Memoir of the Vilna Ghetto”  
Bring a lunch; coffee and dessert provided
Thursday February 15, 2018, 6:30 pm-8 pm, Cathedral of Learning 602
Samantha Baskind (Cleveland State University)
Jewish Studies Lecture:
“The Holocaust in Graphic Novels”
Tuesday, March 20,2018, 2:30 pm -3:45 pm, Location TBA
Marijke Brown (child Holocaust survivor and Pitt Social Work Alum)
Jewish Studies Lecture:
“A Hidden Child's Journey”
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7 pm, Rodef Shalom Congregation
Author Conversation with Ruby Namdar, The Ruined House
Monday March 26, 2018, 4:30-6 pm, Cathedral of Learning 501
Armin Langer  (German activist)
Jewish Studies/Religious Studies Lecture and Conversation:
“Jewish-Muslim Alliances and Rivalries in Europe: My Experiences with the Salaam-Schalom Initiative, an Interfaith activist Group Standing for a Peaceful Co-existence between Jews, Muslims, and Allies”
Wednesday March 28, 2018, 7 pm, Rodef Shlalom Congregation
Author Conversation with Abigail Pogrebin, My Jewish Year  
Sunday April 8, 2018, time TBD, at Heinz History Center
Student research presentations “Jews and the City”
Monday April 9, 2018 4:30-6 pm, Cathedral of Learning 602
Andrew Porwancher  (University of Oklahoma)
Jewish Studies and History Department Colloguium:
"Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?”
Thursday April 26, 2018- Sunday May 6, 2018, Venues TBA
JFilm Festival: Watch for “Film Schmoozes” -- post-film discussions led by Pitt faculty an guests. 
May 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM, Rodef Shalom Congregation
Author Conversation with Peter Gethers , My Mother’s Kitchen