In the last issue of Haverim, we were very pleased to announce the establishment of the Brudnick and Ruderman Scholarships in Jewish Studies and to introduce the first recipients of these awards. This fall, we awarded a second Brudnick Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Kelly Ganon, a Sociology major with minors in Jewish Studies and in Literature, is a highly gifted and accomplished student. She is currently engaged in two co-ops, one at the US Attorney’s Office in the Economic Crimes Unit and one at Northeastern’s own Brudnick Center on Conflict and Violence. Her work at the Brudnick Center is focused on a sophisticated independent research project on the relationship between levels of assimilation in its various forms (cultural, religious, structural, and socio-economic) and survival outcomes for European Jews in the Holocaust.
In her application essay, Ganon reflected on how her “academic interest in the field of Jewish Studies is inextricably bound to [her] personal dedication to it.” She wrote movingly of her personal and familial experiences with anti-Semitism and their impact on her academic and professional goals, motivating her “quest to get to the core of prejudice and hatred, and to combat them with all [she has].” As she noted, “I am using the experiences of the Jews as a lens with which I may study the sources of hatred of all forms.”
We wish Ganon the best of luck with this ambitious project.