Alexander Bay has received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award from the East Asia and the Pacific Fulbright Scholar Program which will fund two summer trips to Japan, 2014 and 2015. During these visits Dr. Bay grant will undertake archival research for a book-length project, Nation from the Bottom Up: Environmental Hygiene and Disease Prevention in Twentieth Century Japan, that examines the history of sanitary hygiene and asks the larger question of how Japan managed, treated and disposed of human effluent across the long twentieth century. He recently delivered a talk on this topic at Stanford University for the inaugural East Asia Studies alumni speaker co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Department of History.
Shira Klein has been awarded the Yad Hanadiv/Beracha Foundation Programme of Visiting Fellowships, a year-long grant for recent PhDs in the field of Jewish Studies. She will spend the year working on a book manuscript that explores the lives of Italian Jews, from the time they became equal citizens in the nineteenth century, until after the Holocaust. This study is transnational in scope, spanning Italy, Israel, and the United States. Shira was recently invited to lecture on this topic in Trinity College, CT, where she gave a talk entitled “The Holocaust in Italy: History Vs. Memory.”
Jennifer D. Keene has received an Australian Fulbright Alumni Initiative Grant given to one faculty member nationally each year to develop innovative projects that will foster institutional linkages and sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships. Her project will build curricular, scholarly, and programming collaborations between Wilkinson College new Masters of Arts degree in War and Society and a similar program at the University of New South Wales, Canberra (UNSW Canberra). Dr. Keene recently delivered the annual Paul V. McNutt lecture at Indiana University; was named an Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lecturer; and appeared in programs hosted by C-Span History and BBC Radio.
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible on Schindler's List by Leon Leyson with Marilyn Harran and Elisabeth Leyson was number one on the NY Times middle-school best-seller list for several weeks; the book was just recently named the Honor Book (silver prize) in the Sydney Taylor Book Award. It was an Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2013; and received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly; Kirkus Reviews and Voya.