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Funding: Jewish Studies UChicago Undergraduate Essay Prize, The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, Deadline May 2

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies Undergraduate Essay Prize

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce its second essay prize competition for essays on any topic relating to Jewish Studies, including (but not restricted to) the study of Judaic history, culture, thought, classical and modern texts, and languages.

This year the Center will award two prizes, each of $500.  One prize will be awarded for the best essay related to Jewish Studies written for a course.  The essay need not have been written for a course in Jewish Studies or for a course taught by a faculty member in Jewish Studies.  A second prize will be awarded for the best B.A. Essay on a topic related to Jewish Studies.

Eligibility: The essay prize competition is open to all students currently registered in the College of the University of Chicago.

Application: Essays should be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday, May 2, 2011 to Christina Heisser (Tel: 773-702-7108), Walker 109, 1115 E. 58th St. Chicago IL 60637. Applicants should submit both paper and electronic copies of their essays. Paper copies may be mailed or dropped off; electronic copies should be e-mailed as Word attachments to


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2011 Webb-Smith Essay Competition “Transnational Perspectives”

The University of Texas in Arlington announces the 2011 Webb-Smith Essay Competition
as part of the 46th annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures March 10, 2011
$500 each for the best research essays on

on the Soviet Bloc, 1944-1991

The winning essays will be published in a forthcoming volume of the Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lecture Series,
published by Texas A&M Press, along with essays by the lecturers:
Michael David-Fox & Marsha Siefert
Volume edited by Patryk Babiracki and Kenyon Zimmer with an introduction by Vladislav Zubok

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2011
Send submissions to: Jennifer S. Lawrence (, Chair of the Webb Lectures Committee

We invite students and scholars to submit essays that explore the problem of movements of people, goods, and ideas across the Bloc’s internal and external boundaries. Essays should be no more than 10,000 words plus endnotes and should be original unpublished, and in English. Geographically, submissions dealing with any combination of links between the Soviet Union, the East European “people’s democracies” and the broader world are most welcome. Sample problems may include: scientific interactions, technology transfers, cultural influences, imaginary encounters, social or cultural consequences of transnational economic exchange, migration or displacement, travel, and issues of theory and method. Traditionally, this lecture series has brought together scholars, members of the UT Arlington community and the broader public to engage in thinking and discussion of salient historical topics. The one-day conference seeks to reject critically on the need—and opportunities—for studying flows of people, objects, and ideas across the Soviet Bloc during the Cold War. In the spirit of the event, we encourage the Competition participants to engage with the growing body of scholarship that challenges the vision of the Soviet Bloc’s total isolation and internal atomization.


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