JTS Scholars Receive Grants from Littauer Foundation

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March 20, 2008, New York, NY

The Littauer Foundation has awarded grants to two scholars at The Jewish Theological Seminary to support their current publication projects.

Dr. Alan Mintz, Chana Kekst Professor of Hebrew Literature and chair of the Department of Hebrew Language, has received support for An Anthology of American Hebrew Literature, which he is co-editing with Yaron Peleg, director of the Hebrew program at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. The project is intended to educate Israeli scholars, students, and passionate general readers about the golden age of Hebrew language in America in the years between World War I and World War II, thereby widening the narrative of modern Hebrew literature and create a place for American Hebraism and its achievements.

Dr. Edna Nahshon, an associate professor of Hebrew whose specialty is Jewish theater and performance, has received support for her forthcoming book, Jews and Shoes (August 2008, http://www.amazon.com/Jews-Shoes-Edna-Nahshon/dp/1847880509). The book’s multidisciplinary approach, with contributions from disciplines as diverse as fashion, visual culture, performance studies, Bible and Talmud, and more, takes a fresh look at how shoes convey theological, social, and economic concepts, and as such are intriguing subjects for inquiry within a wide range of cultural, artistic, and historic contexts. This is the second grant that Dr. Nahshon has received from the Littauer Foundation, which also supported her previous book, From the Ghetto to the Melting Pot: Israel Zangwill's Jewish Plays (2006).