Senior Symposium

As part of the Minor and Certificate in Jewish Civilization students complete a research thesis. The thesis is a topic related to Jewish civilization, prepared under the supervision of a faculty member associated with the Center for Jewish Civilization, the Visiting Professor of Jewish Civilization, Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor, or if appropriate special permission may be granted by the program director for another Georgetown faculty member to serve as essay advisor. Upon completion, seniors make a presentation of their research at the annual senior thesis colloquium held during commencment week, where a prize is awarded to the outstanding paper.


Matthew Caplan, "Synonymous or Separated? Conceptions of Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism in Europe"

Alsharif Ghazi Sa'ad Eddin, "The Pedagogy of a Secular Exilée: Philip Roth and His Others"

Isaac Flegel-Mishlove, "Rethinking Religion's Role in Poltics: The Use of Jewish Values Language in a Decision by 

the Israeli High Court of Justice"

Laura Gevarter, "Ani Midaber[et] Ivrit: Examining Hebrew Language Curriculums in Greater Baltimore/Washington Schools"

Nicholas Hoffman, "A Comparative Study of Aristotle and Maimonides' Philosophy on the Nature of the Soul"

Jerrod MacFarlane, "The Poem After Auschwitz: Charles Reznikoff's Holocaust"

Katelyn McNelis, "Jewish Terrorism: The Case of the Jewish Underground"

Connie Yang, "Mixed Messages: Narratives of Identity in the Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum and

the National Museum of American Jewish Military History"

Sapir Yarden, "The Second Lebanon War: Was Israel Left More Vulnerable?"


Mary Burgoyne, "University of the Jews: An Examination of the Jewish Campus Novel"

Ethan Chess, "A Reticent Embrace: The Ongoing Jewish Response to Nostra Aetate and the Future of Jewish-Catholic Dialogue"

Joshua Schoen, "Zionism: National Identity formation in Fin-De-Siecle Russia"

Robert Silverstein, "Atrocity, Memory, and Nation: A Comparative Study of the People's Republic of China and Israel"

Benjamin Talus, "The Jewish Impact on Jazz: A History of Give and Take"


Alexa Ryan West, "Isolation and Participation: Haredim and the State of Israel"

Danish Zaidi, "The American Trisectioning of Religion"


Sheilagh Carey, "Cycle of Silence: American Jews and the Holocaust"

Hope Ellis, "The Rothian Gothic: Textual and Thematic Ghosts in the Work of Philip Roth"

Lane Feler, " A Staged Arena: The Politicization of Israeli Contemporary Dance"

Rachel Krieger, "Further Than We are Willing: The Ethics of Using Nazi Research"

Kathleen McCullough, "Interreligious Marriages: The Jewish-Catholic Phenomenon"

Russell Rutter, "Those Funny People: Jewish Comedians and Jewish Stereotypes"

Gwen Schwartz, "The Ghetto of Venice: Jewish Identity and the Construction of Space"

Lauren Vine, "Aid for Peace: The Role of American Foreign Assistance in Fostering the Egyptian-Israeli Relationship"

Raphael Wertheimer, "Entrepreneurship in Israel and My Business Plan"


Juliana Brint, "Politicized Suffering and Appropriated Legacies: Self Serving Representations of Jewish in the Italian Media"

Michael Hoffman, "The Red Sea - Dead Sea Canal and the Future of Water in the Middle East"

Dean Lieberman, "Oh Jerusalem, Why I Forget Thee: Explaining the Attrition Between Young, Liberal, Jewish Americans and Israel"

Merav Levkowitz, "Finding Israel Abroad: The Paradoxes of HaTiyul HaGadol, the Post-Army Israeli Backpacking Journey"

Corey Sherman, "Values and Principles: Problematic Policymaking in the Israeli-Arab Conflict under George W. Bush"

Quint Simon, "An International Relations Detective Story: The Mysterious Case of Modern Sino-Israeli Relations, 1948-2011"


Caitlin Montgomery


Andrew Dunn, "Reconciling Strategy and Religion: A New Frontier for Ethics in the Israeli Defense Forces"

Mark Lerner, "War & the Jewish Nation: Power, Pride and Persecution in the Jewish Ethics of Force"

Ruben Rais, "Jewish Emancipation and the Fragmentation of the Jewish World in the Modern Era"


On Friday, May 2, 2008, graduating PJC minor and certificate students presented their final thesis projects for faculty, friends and family. The students and their presentations are listed below.

Christina Perpignano, "Never Again: The Past, Present, and Future of the Historical Narrative of the Holocaust"

Raymond Schillinger, "From Oy! to Om: The Jewish Buddhist and Modern American Judaism"

Anne Yearwood, "Gender and Progressivism in Secular Judaism"

Claire Riesenberg, " Shifting Memory: How Political Ideology Has Shaped the Holocaust Narrative in Modern Poland"

Daniel Fishman, "The Shifting Face of Zionism: Changing Centrality of Israel as a Voter Issue with Jews and Evangelical Christians"

Michael Segner, "The Myth of the Democratic Jewish Bloc Vote"

Bettina Warburg-Johnson, "Judaism and Human Rights: Paradigmatic Repercussions"

Athena Karp, "Sino-Israeli Relations"