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Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: History's Klapper receives Judaic Studies fellowship

Melissa R. Klapper, associate professor of history and former director of women's and gender studies, was awarded a residential fellowship at the University of Michigan's Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies for Fall 2011. The Institute comprises an international group of scholars from various disciplines who advance Jewish Studies through research and discussion.  

Each year the Frankel Institute focuses on a different theme. The 2011-2012 theme is "Jews & Politics."  Klapper will conduct research for her upcoming book Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Pre-World War II Activism, which examines Jewish women's role in the suffrage, birth control and peace movements.  

"This particular ethnic group walked a line between embracing tradition and modernity," says Klapper. "Little is known about this aspect of history, and my research will help fill that gap."  

Klapper will also take part in weekly seminars and public lectures with other fellows and faculty members. "This intensive semester of Jewish studies will not only benefit me but also enrich my classes when I return to Rowan," says Klapper.

Dr. Melissa Klapper
Dr. Melissa Klapper