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Summer Institute for Israel Studies 2012 – Now Accepting Applications

June 12 – 25, 2012 at Brandeis University and June 27 – July 5, 2012 in Israel.

The Summer Institute for Israel Studies, a program of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, assists faculty in colleges and universities in the design of new courses in Israel Studies or the enhancement of existing ones. Over 160 faculty members from around the world have participated in the Summer Institute for Israel Studies since its inception in 2004. Faculty from the social sciences and humanities are invited to apply.

Fellowships include:
– Stipend of up to $2500 for full course; $1500 for Brandeis seminar only
– Seminars taught by world-class faculty from Israel and the United States
– Travel, meals, and accommodations at Brandeis and in Israel
– Full access to vast Israel Studies online resource center and Brandeis University’s
online library resources
– Membership in a growing, international community of Israel scholars, with annual
workshops and opportunities for networking and professional collaboration

The application deadline is January 16th.

For details, and to apply, please visit us online at:


For questions, contact Keren Goodblatt at kereng1@brandeis.edu.

NEH Needs Your Support

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) announced plans for a Continuing Resolution that would reduce spending by $74 billion below President Obama’s 2011 budget request for the remainder of the year.  This proposal would cut over $12 million from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH)!

As one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the US, NEH provides critical support for research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities through grants to a wide range of educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and scholars nationwide.

Write to your representative today to let members of Congress know WHY the humanities and NEH are important to you, their constituent.

New Reports Released on the State of US Education

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education, has released The Condition of Education 2010. The report presents 49 indicators on the status of education in the US (supplemented by online resources). This year it includes a special section on high-poverty schools. See the NCES website to access the report.

A few weeks ago, the Commission on the Future of Graduate Education in the US released the report The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States. The report notes, “Much of the policy on enhancing innovation and competitiveness has focused on STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] fields, but awareness of the role of the humanities in our national culture is increasing, including its impact on ethics and values, vitality, and competitiveness…”


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