CDTS is thrilled to share that two of our faculty members have recently garnered prestigious awards and recognition for their work:
March 2, 2020
Professor Anna Shternshis has been appointed as the Special Advisor to the Dean on Community Engagement. As Special Advisor, she will provide advice to the Dean on matters related to our strategic priority of increasing community engagement. Professor Shternshis will assist in evaluating opportunities for partnerships, including working with external organizations and advisory groups. She will also help increase our profile in the community and enrich opportunities for our students and faculty, especially related to experiential learning and innovative scholarship.
February 21, 2020
For her work on the Yiddish Glory project, giving public voice to those who created music during the Holocaust, Professor Shternshis has received the President’s Impact Award.
“Receiving the President’s Impact Award for this research is not just an incredible honour for me, it is a profound recognition for people who, despite being silenced by Hitler and Stalin, continued to sing,” said Shternshis, a leading scholar of Russian Jewish history and culture in the Faculty of Arts & Science.
Shternshis’s research into the anti-fascist Yiddish songs of Jewish children, women and men interned and killed in Nazi-run ghettos in Ukraine has had a lasting impact around the world. It resulted in a recording entitled “Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II” which was nominated for a 2019 Grammy award and the subject of more than 500 print, radio and television stories in 50 countries.
“Ethnomusicologist Moisei Beregovsky, who first collected this music just as these towns were liberated in the 1940s, was sent to jail for conducing this project. His collection was confiscated and presumed destroyed,” Shternshis said. “When I was able to bring these works back to life, by telling the story of both the amateur songwriters and Beregovsky’s efforts to preserve their music, it felt like conducting an act of historical justice.”
December 18, 2019
Professor Anna Shternshis also won a Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia Fiddler on the Roof award at a ceremony in Moscow late last year. She won the Cultural Event of the Year award for the album, Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II, produced in collaboration with Psoy Korolenko.
January 15, 2020
Professor Naomi Seidman won a National Jewish Book Award for her book, Sarah Schenirer and the Bais Yaakov Movement. The book won the Barbara Dobkin Award for Women’s Studies and was also chosen as a finalist for the Education and Jewish Identity award.
Congrats to Professors Seidman and Shternshis!