Prize: Mark and Ruth Luckens International Prize in Jewish Thought, 2011

Mark and Ruth Luckens International Prize in Jewish Thought, 2011


The University of Kentucky is pleased to sponsor the Mark and Ruth Luckens International Prize in Jewish Thought. The Luckens Prize, commemorating a generous gift by the late Dr. Mark M. Luckens to the University, is administered, judged, and awarded by faculty at the University of Kentucky. The Prize is awarded annually for an essay in the field of Jewish thought by a graduate student or recent PhD or someone of equivalent status.

General details of the competition are that the essay should be original and unpublished, and of around 5000 words. The winner will receive a cash award of $1000 and is expected to deliver a lecture based on the essay on campus during the Spring Semester 2011, for which travel and ground expenses shall be provided. The lecture should be given in English but the essay can be written in any language the selection committee can read.

Essays are due no later than  November 1 2010. The result of the competition will be announced no later than January 15 2011.

The winner of the 2010 prize is Devorah Shubowitz from Indiana University for an essay on Orthodox Jewish women’s scholarly efforts for religious and legal change.

Any inquiries should be directed to Oliver Leaman. Essays should be directed to him as either an email attachment or in paper form, or both.

Oliver Leaman
Director, Judaic Studies Program
University of Kentucky
1415 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington KY 40506-0027

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