For release: May 12, 2011
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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.
Dr. Jonathan Judaken
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
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.”