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Undergraduate Fellows Program: Confronting Antisemitism

Apply to become a UCI Center for Jewish Studies UNDERGRADUATE FELLOW to participate in this new program to learn about antisemitism, and how to confront it. Deadline: October 15, 2021.

Fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend ($500 in the winter quarter 2022, $500 in the spring quarter 2022), and will participate in a series of workshops, organized by Jewish Studies in cooperation with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). You’ll learn about the history of antisemitism, about how it intersects with other forms of hatred, prejudice, extremism, and racism—and you’ll think about how to confront and combat it.

As a fellow, you will work with your peers to organize your own program or event to educate the campus community about antisemitism. Student-led events will take place in the spring quarter 2022 and will receive an operating budget from the Center for Jewish Studies.

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• Applications are due October 15, 2021
• No prerequisites. You do not have to be a Jewish Studies minor.
• Up to eight undergraduate fellows. Every fellow will receive $500 stipend in both winter and spring quarter 2022
• Participate in five-part workshop on understanding and confronting antisemitism (fall and winter; dates/times will be determined to enable everyone to attend)
• “Bring a friend”: Fellows will act as student ambassadors, inviting & recruiting other students to attend ADL-sponsored workshops in the winter quarter
• Fellows will work in two groups to design their own student-focused events/programs to educate the campus community about antisemitism and how to confront it.
• Student-organized events will be held in spring 2022 and will have an operating budget provided by the Center for Jewish Studies
• Attend lecture and meet & greet with Deborah Lipstadt, professor at Emory University and U.S. special envoy to combat and monitor antisemitism (event hosted by Langson Library on March 8, 2022)

New Horizons in Jewish Studies Graduate Essay Prize,
University of California, Irvine

The Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Irvine invites submissions for its annual New Horizons in Jewish Studies Graduate Essay Prize. Advanced graduate students at universities in North America and those with a Ph.D. awarded no earlier then 2019 are eligible. In order to participate, submit an unpublished essay on any topic related to Jewish Studies. The winner will receive a $1,000 award and will be invited to present a public lecture on the topic of their essay at UC Irvine in the spring quarter of 2021, with a local respondent from the student’s field of studies. The program will cover travel expenses and hotel accommodation. Essays should be in English and 5,000-8,000 words long. Please submit your essay and a recent CV as a Word or PDF document to no later than February 15, 2021.

Previous winners:

Spring 2020: Rachelle Grossman (Harvard University)
Spring 2019: Janice Levi (UCLA)
Spring 2018: Max Baumgarten (UCLA)