Amelia Glaser a former Fulbright Student, continues to expand on the research that she did in Ukraine in 2002–2003 on East European Jewish literature. Amelia, a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Stanford University, completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Harvard Ukrainian Institute and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Currently a visiting lecturer at Stanford in Yiddish language and literature, she has recently co-edited a new anthology of American Yiddish poets, whose works she also translated.
Glaser and her co-editor recovered the work of thirty poets whose poetry was unappreciated in the McCarthyera political climate but deserves attention for its depth and power. During her Fulbright year Glaser was hosted in Kyiv by the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine’s Institute of Ethnic and Political Studies and Institute of Literary Studies. Her research topic was «Crossing the Pale: Christian images in East European Jewish literature.»
at the Monastery in Univ near Lviv. This monastery was one place where Sheptytsky organized the hiding of Jews during the war, and the monks there still carry on the tradition and mindset of serving all people in need, regardless of their religious orientation. I've found such moments and encounters essential to my progress as they encourage me to persevere through the darker moments.
Leonid Finberg and Michelle Goldhaber
Michelle Goldhaber I arrived in Ukraine in February, not the brightest and cheeriest month in Lviv! But the weather hardly dampened my spirits because I was busy adjusting to life, meeting people, and swimming in ideas and possibilities for my research on Jewish-Ukrainian relations and inter-ethnic peace building. After I got my sea legs and my bearings, I began to sift through the options and finally settled on two main projects. The first is a film documentary on the relationship between Metropolitan Andrij Sheptytsky and the Jews during WWII. Since Sheptytsky saved many Jewish children during the Holocaust, this is one bright spot in a very difficult and dark time in history. I am still in the research phase of this work and it is very exciting. I have met interesting and inspiring people and read many eye-opening accounts of those complicated and challenging days during WWII. While much of this work has been heavy and sometimes depressing, it has been punctuated by very bright splashes of hope. Some of these moments include my meetings with Rabbi Alexander Dukhovny and Professor Leonid Finberg of Kyiv, both engaged in interfaith and peace-building work in their respective areas (liberal Jewish leadership and research). Another bright spot was a meeting with a monk
The second project is less clearly formulated, but it involves leading discussion groups and classes on the ideas of history, forgiveness, reconciliation, diversity, and peace building. This work has already begun with students in an accelerated program at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L'viv. Through the reading of texts and through honest and frank discussions of sensitive historical material, the class was able to grapple openly with these topics in a safe and supportive space. It proved beneficial for teachers, students, and observers alike. Hopefully more such classes and discussions will soon be organized. Both of these projects are connected with the Institute for Ecumenical Studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. While much of my work has been centered at the university, it has not been confined to the school's walls. As mentioned, I have been several times to Kyiv and on various excursions to places such as the University Monastery. In addition to those specific projects, I am continually gathering new observations about Jewish-Ukrainian relations and meeting several people who help inform me on these matters. During my time in Ukraine, I am interested in exploring other ethnic and religious groups as well: Protestant, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Tatar, Armenian, etc. I look forward to the increasingly warmer weather and the chance to travel to different parts of Ukraine in the next several months. In addition to my research and projects, I was extremely happy to find a ballroom dance class just 10 minutes walk from my apartment! Since dancing is one of my hobbies in the States, I was thrilled to find a way to continue in Ukraine. It has also proved to be an excellent way to refine my «technical language skills.» Now I just need to find a place to go rock climbing and scuba diving!
Published on Jun 18, 2006
The 2005 Yearbook includes a short description of projects for this year by Ukrainian and American Fulbright scholars, which will be useful...