Samuel Brody

(History of Judaism) "This Pathless Hour: Messianism, Anarchism, Zionism, and Martin Buber's Theopolitics Reconsidered"

What I admire most about the MMC program, and the reason that I am so excited to be a part of it, is the way it demands that each Fellow write for an audience beyond their committee. It's so easy to restrict oneself to an audience that one knows will already understand the language, context, and import of one's arguments, but the MMC understands that scholars have broader responsibilities -- especially in a democracy that purports to value reasoned discourse. I hope that the program will enable me to take my own dissertation, a reconsideration of the politics of Martin Buber, beyond the circles of Buber scholars and even of Jewish studies into a wider public concerned with questions about the relationships between religion, politics, and violence in the world today.