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Resnick awarded NEH grant

Dr. Irven Resnick will teach college and university faculty at Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies “Representations of the ‘Other’: Jews in Medieval Christendom” in the summer of 2006. He was named the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for nearly $181,000.

“It is extremely rare that a faculty member from an institution the size of UTC would ever manage to receive such a grant,” said Dr. William Harman, head of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. “Even more surprising, Irv has received three such grants, totaling nearly a half million dollars.”

Resnick, who holds the Chair of Excellence in Judaic Studies, has been a Corresponding Fellow at the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies at Bar-Ilan University (Israel) since 1996. In 2003, Resnick was elected to a three-year term as a Senior Associate at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (England), and the term was renewed in 2006. In 2003 he directed a five-week NEH summer institute for college and university faculty, “Representations of the ‘Other’: Jews in Medieval Christendom,” which was also renewed for 2006.

“The focus of the summer institute is on inter-religious understanding, an issue that increasingly is demanding attention nationally and internationally,” said Harman.

Faculty members from two and four year institutions will be selected by Resnick for participation in the institute. The 25 participants will be encouraged to integrate the institute material into their undergraduate syllabi.

“Resnick designed the institute to provide participants with a better understanding of the changes in the legal status, economic conditions, cultural stereotypes, and depictions of Jews as the most visible and problematic minority group in medieval Christendom,” according to a report by the UTC Office of Grants and Program Review. “Resnick’s perspective is rooted in the understanding that we best understand a society once we know its boundaries, who is included and who is excluded. Resnick plans to lead participants through an examination of medieval strategies of inclusion and exclusion, which will provide insights about the medieval lifestyle.”

Resnick began his UTC career in 1990. He is the author of numerous books, and his translation of Petrus Alfonsi’s Dialogue Against the Jews, Fathers of the Church, Medieval Continuation, 8 (Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press) is expected to be available in summer 2006.

January 24, 2006

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