The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Harry and Cecile Starr Prizes in Jewish Studies. Ethan Schwartz, Th.D. (Committee on the Study of Religion) was recognized for his outstanding doctoral dissertation, “The Construction of Subversive Speech in the Latter Prophets and in Plato’s Socratic Dialogues.” Ariella Kahan ’20, a senior in Mather House, and Rebecca Juliet Thau ’20, a senior in Lowell House, won the Starr Prize for their exceptional senior theses. Ariella, a History concentrator, submitted “Friends of Foes?  Palestinian Arabs in the Eyes of American Women Zionists, 1929-1948.” Rebecca’s senior thesis focused on “‘French’ Theory? The Intellectual Reverberations of Hélène Cixous’ juiféminité.” Rebecca is graduating with concentrations in History and Literature; Romance Languages and Literatures; with a Secondary in Jewish studies. Starr Prizes are awarded in each of the following categories: the best doctoral dissertation in Jewish and Hebrew Studies and the best dissertation in the field of Jewish and Hebrew Studies prepared by an undergraduate. It was established by Harry Starr ’21, LL.B. 1924.

Ethan Schwartz, Th.D.

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Ariella Kahan ‘20

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Rebecca Thau ‘20

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