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Congratulations to Emily Lang, recipient of the CAS Student Leadership Award!

Posted May. 6, 2011

Emily Lang

My name is Emily Lang and I am currently a senior at Kent State University. I am majoring in History with a minor in Jewish Studies and I am graduating in May 2011. The Jewish Studies Program at Kent State changed my undergraduate career and ultimately my career goals. I first was introduced to the program in Fall of 2009. I participated in a weekend trip to D.C. that was co- sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and the Pan-African Department. I found out about all of the great courses and opportunities the program offered; I knew I had to be part of it.

I became a Jewish Studies minor in the spring semester of 2009. Through my minor, I have had the opportunities to take coursework like Zionism and Israel and Jewish Women. I attended many programs sponsored by the program such as Holocaust survivor Betty Gold and Kabala expert David Ariel. I have been able to take an individual investigation with Jewish Studies professor, Sol Factor, where I took a closer look at the history of Jews in film and theater.

This past year, I became an intern with the Jewish Studies Program. Under the supervision of the chair, Chaya Kessler, I helped organize programs, recruit minors, and expand the program. We brought in directors of documentaries and experts in subjects like Ladino. My favorite experience was taking a group of 50 college students to the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in early April. Through my work in the program, I was very fortunate enough to receive the Student Leadership Award from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Before I was a Jewish Studies minor, I was not quite sure what career path I wanted to pursue. However, the Jewish Studies Program gave me the opportunity to take on an internship with the Ohio Historical Society last summer. This internship helped me decide to pursue a career in public history. This fall, I am starting graduate school for Museum Studies at SUNY Oneonta. I hope someday to work in a Jewish museum or historical institution. Where ever my career path takes me, I know the Kent State Jewish Studies Program helped me get there.