Student Highlights

In the Spotlight

Belofsky Fellow Sarah R. Valente (PhD Candidate, History of Ideas) presented the paper “Post-World War II Brazil: A New Homeland for Jews and Nazis?” at the conference In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and Other Refugees (1940s – 1960s) at the University of California, Berkeley. This conference is organized by the German Historical Institutes in Washington and London. She also presented the paper “Modern Jewish Art in Twentieth-Century Brazil,” at the Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA) Conference on The Jewish Americas: Beyond Borders at UCLA.

Cynthia Seton-Rogers (PhD Student, History of Ideas) is presenting at two international conferences this summer. She will present the paper “Rethinking Identity: Sephardic Jews during the Diaspora” at the 26th International Conference of Europeanists at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain. This conference is organized by the Council for European Studies at Columbia University. She will then present the paper “The Sephardim in the Age of Exploration and the Building of Empires” at the 9th Annual Conference of the Society for Sephardic Studies at The University of Lisbon in Portugal.

Sarah Snyder (PhD Candidate, History of Ideas) is participating in the Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellowship in which ten graduate students and four professors focusing on Holocaust Studies travel to Poland for three weeks to visit Holocaust remembrance sites, interact with others in the field, meet Jewish leaders in Poland, and participate in academic discussions.

Recent graduates from the Holocaust Studies Program:

Chrissy Stanford (MA in Humanities – History of Ideas)
Stanford successfully earned her MA and Certificate in Holocaust Studies in the Spring of 2019. She will continue as a PhD student in History of Ideas beginning Fall 2019. Her research interests include the history of Polish Jewry during the Holocaust and Holocaust iconography in popular culture.

Scott Swartsfager (PhD in Humanities – History of Ideas)
Recipient of the Selwin Belofsky Fellowship in Holocaust Studies
Dr. Swartsfager specializes in Intellectual History and the Holocaust in the Netherlands. In the Spring of 2019, he successfully defended his dissertation titled Promoting Normal: Jewish Culture in Occupied Amsterdam.

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