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MOCH Director Jonathan Judaken Named Fulbright Senior Specialist

For release: May 12, 2011
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Dr. Jonathan Judaken
Dr. Jonathan Judaken
Dr. Jonathan Judaken, professor of history and director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis, has been selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. The designation applies for five years. A specialist can be called upon as an expert by universities or internationally based non-governmental organizations based upon project proposals they submit to Fulbright.

These project grants are not for research as is more customary for Fulbright scholars. Activities include teacher training, short-term lecturing, conducting seminars, special conferences or workshops, as well as collaborating on curriculum planning, institutional and faculty development.

As part of the Fulbright Specialist program, Judaken will be traveling to Israel this summer. He has been invited by both Haifa University and Tel Aviv University to give a series of public lectures, seminars, workshops and consults on the basis of his research on anti-Semitism, specifically based on the Critical Theories of Anti-Semitism book he is writing.

“The most interesting thing about this is that there are no Fulbright specialists designated in the humanities,” Judaken says. “Instead, my grant has officially been given in sociology with my area of expertise as ‘ethnic and cultural studies, specially focused on Jewish studies and the role of minorities,’ even though I am a historian by training.”

According to the Fulbright Scholar Program, this program “promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at overseas universities or institutions with education focused programming.”

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