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Fall 2020 Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowship Seminar

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The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to invite applications to the Fall 2020 Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowship Program. The application deadline has been extended to September 29, 2020.

This year, the Fellowship Program provides an award for participation in a 5-session online seminar program informed by the rare book and archival holdings of the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection at the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library.

Response: the challenges of maintaining Jewish identity and security across centuries 

Monday evenings, October 5 - 26 and November 9, 2020; 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Students who complete the program will receive a fellowship award of $300

About the Program

Jewish historian Dr. Lauren B. Strauss (American University) will lead a series of online discussions exploring important aspects of Jewish life and history, encounters with the modern world, and the experiences of marginalized groups in various societies. Seminar topics will include:

  • History and effects of antisemitism and anti-Jewish violence 
  • A bygone world: Jewish life in Eastern Europe until WWII
  • Jewish peoplehood: language, politics, history, and culture
  • Gender and sexuality: the varying experiences of Jewish women and others
  • Jews and culture: theater, music, and the hidden archives of materials stolen by the Nazis


All George Washington University students are invited to apply. We hope a diverse group of students will contribute reflections about their own communities to enrich the conversation.

Fellowship Requirements

  • We ask applicants to commit to participating in all five online seminar sessions: October 5, October 12, October 19, October 26, and November 9, 2020.
  • Together with Dr. Strauss, seminar participants will design a creative project to be presented at the final meeting on November 9, 2020.
  • Short readings and project preparation will generally be performed in the course of the seminar meetings.

Application Instructions

To apply, please complete the application form, which will ask for the following details:

  • Name, email, street address, and phone number
  • Your status at the university
  • A brief description of your interest in the seminar
  • Your availability for all five seminar sessions

Applications are due by September 29, 2020.  The Special Collections Research Center welcomes your questions about the Kiev Fellowship and Collection.


The I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection was established in 1996 by Dr. Ari and Phyllis Kiev with the donation of the private library of Dr. Kiev’s father, Rabbi I. Edward Kiev (1905-1975), one of the preeminent Judaica librarians of the 20th century. In 1998, the Kiev Room was dedicated to house Rabbi Kiev's collection along with supplementary collections of Jewish graphic art, archives, printed and recorded music, ephemera, artifacts and ritual objects.