On April 15, students from Dr. Joshua Furman’s Fall 2018 course Archival Research and Historical Methods: Jewish Houston, presented their final projects to an audience of students, faculty, and community members at the Woodson Research Center in Fondren Library, home of the Houston Jewish History Archive.
Sophomore Danielle Kessler, one of the students in the course, presented her paper titled, “A Case Study of the Texas Jewish Experience: Beth Israel’s Transformation from anti-Zionist to Zionist.” Danielle said of her research experience, “I really enjoyed using materials from the archive because I was researching what felt like undiscovered territory.”
Junior Maximilian Murdoch discussed his work, "An Ear to the Ground: Institutional Response to Demographic Change by a Houston Synagogue." He noted the unique experience of working with archival materials as one of the most important elements of the class: "It's one thing to read about historical events, and quite another to get to hold the physical evidence of them in your own hands."
After the presentations, students and guests gathered in Brochstein Pavilion for a reception.
Photo: Students gather with their professor at Brochstein Pavilion (left to right: Reagan Borick, Danielle Kessler, Dr. Joshua Furman, Maximilian Murdoch, Katie Webber, and Rose Kantorczyk)