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April 19, 2017

ECS certificate students awarded fellowships

Three ECS certificate students have been awarded prestigious fellowships this academic year. Senior Joani Etskovitz will study in the United Kingdom next year with the support of a Marshall Scholarship. Junior Elon Schmidt-Swartz has been selected to join the ranks of Princeton’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service; his award will support a summer internship at the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section of Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Junior Miranda Rosen has been awarded a Truman Scholarship; she plans to attend law school and pursue academic and professional work in civil rights and anti-discrimination law.


April 13, 2017

Certificate student Rosen wins Truman Scholarship for public service

Miranda Rosen (pictured above), a junior pursuing a certificate in European Cultural Studies, is one of just 68 students nationwide to be awarded a 2017 Truman Scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programs to prepare for careers in public service. She plans to use the scholarship to pursue a law degree with a focus on civil rights and anti-discrimination law.

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February 7, 2017

Certificate student Schmidt-Swartz selected as 2017 Scholar in the Nation’s Service

Elon Schmidt-Swartz

Schmidt-Swartz is pursuing a certificate in the Program in European Cultural Studies.

Elon Schmidt-Swartz ’18, of Los Angeles, California, a Philosophy major and certificate student in the Program in European Cultural Studies, has been selected a Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin ’61 Scholar in the Scholars in the Nation’s Service (SINSI) program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

A 2015 recipient of the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence, Elon has focused his academic work at Princeton on political theory and moral philosophy, with a particular interest in the principles of justice that underlie public establishments in Europe and America. A member of Pace Council for Civic Values and a volunteer through the Prison Electives Project, where he delivers philosophy classes to inmates at New Jersey prisons, Elon has also served as a student leader at Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life, and has performed with the Princeton Shakespeare Company and Theater Intime.

Elon reports that participation in ECS has helped to shape his academic pursuits in significant ways. “Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz,” taught by Daniel Garber, piqued his curiosity in the relationship between epistemologies of the early-modern period and Enlightenment institutions, and “Crises of European Subjectivity, 1945-1961,” taught by Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, allowed him to ponder the shortcomings of Enlightenment institutions, particularly with regard to the protection of stateless populations during World-War II.

Elon expects that his work as a SINSI intern will draw upon his coursework in ECS, as he plans to intern at the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section of Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

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December 12, 2016

Certificate student Etskovitz awarded Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the UK

Joani Etskovitz

Etskovitz is pursuing a certificate in European cultural studies.

Princeton senior Joani Etskovitz has been named a 2017 Marshall Scholar. The Marshall Scholarship covers the cost of graduate study and living at a British university of the recipient’s choice for up to two years. Marshall Scholarships help build strong ties with the United States by giving young Americans of high ability and leadership potential the opportunity to study at universities in the United Kingdom. In 2017, 40 students will join the program, an increase from the 32 places originally planned for the year.

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