REEEC would like to congratulate its distinguished, affiliated faculty members. The fall semester brought a few fine achievements. January’s featured faculty are Professor of History Eugene Avrutin and Professor of Agriculture Mohammad Babadoost.
Professor Avrutin was awarded the prestigious NEH fellowship for his project “The Velizh Affair: Jews and Christians in a 19th-century Russian Border Town.” The original article announcing Avrutin’s award described his project:
“Now largely forgotten, the Velizh affair (1823-35) was the longest ritual murder case in the modern world. While scholars usually attribute the charge to anti-Semitism, this study argues that tales of blood sacrifice proved remarkably contagious in the towns and villages of Eastern Europe because they resonated with contemporary popular beliefs. The proceedings of the trial thus reveal the fears and preoccupations of a population that has left no other written records.”
On 23 October, 2015, Professor Babadoost was awarded an Honorary Ph.D. diploma by the Azerbaijan State Agricultural University at Ganja, Azerbaijan. The ceremony which awarded Babadoost his diploma at ASAU was held during a large international meeting with scientists from 17 countries around the world.
Congratulations to all REEEC affiliates on their academic achievements!