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New Faculty Members Appointed at Yeshiva University

New faculty members will be seen throughout Yeshiva University campuses this fall semester.

Dr. Abraham Ravid, an expert in economics and finance, was appointed as a professor at the Syms School of Business. Ravid joins Syms after teaching at other business schools including University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Cornell University’s Johnson’s School of Management, and Yale University’s School of Management, among others. Fluent in four languages, Ravid is the author of more than 40 articles and the recipient of many awards.  He received his PhD from Cornell University’s Graduate School of Business and Public Administration.

“As one who is himself a new member of the faculty, beginning to teach at YU this fall, I hope that all the new faculty are looking with excitement to greet the students and learn from their students and faculty,” said Dr. Lawrence H. Schiffman, vice provost for undergraduate education at Yeshiva University and professor of Judaic studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. “For many years now, YU has been bringing in top faculty members to provide the best possible education. And these faculty members, through their teaching and research, are what make this an excellent university.”

Dr. Harry Ostrer

Dr. Harry Ostrer

Dr. Harry Ostrer, a prominent geneticist known for his expertise on the origins of the Jewish people, has been appointed professor of pathology and genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. For the past 21 years, he has served as professor of pediatrics, pathology and medicine and director of the Human Genetics Program at New York University School of Medicine. Ostrer is the author of more than 70 articles, two books on genetics and the recipient of numerous awards. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after receiving his MD from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

“Harry Ostrer’s recruitment provides Einstein with a faculty member who truly practices the bench to bedside ideal,” said Edward R. Burns, M.D., executive dean of Einstein. “His expertise in human genetics, experience with patients and reputation as an influential innovator in next generation molecular genetics should combine to put Einstein in the forefront of developing new genetic tests that have direct applicability to patient care.”

Additional new faculty hires at Yeshiva University include:

Stern College for Women

Marcia Young, instructor of music

Ran Shao, assistant professor of economics

David Nachbar, instructor of Bible and Talmud

Abigail Manzella, visiting assistant professor of English

Yeshiva College

James Camara, visiting assistant professor of chemistry

Benjamin Epstein, visiting assistant professor of political science

Ezra Frazer, instructor of Hebrew

Ran Shao, assistant professor of economics

Josefa Steinhauer, assistant professor of biology

Maria Van Ryn, assistant professor of sociology

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Michael Burstein, assistant professor of law

Deborah Pearlstein, assistant professor of law

Jessica Roth, assistant professor of law

Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology

Sarah Kate Bearman, assistant professor of school/clinical child psychology

Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration

Ilana Turetsky, instructor of Jewish education and administration

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Shankar Viswanathan, assistant professor of epidemiology & population health

Samuel Williams, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health


Quintan Ana Wikswo Explores History and Experience in Prophecy of Place at Yeshiva University Museum

In her first monographic exhibition and East Coast debut, internationally acclaimed visual artist and writer, Quintan Ana Wikswo, introduces her dreamlike and haunting large-scale, multi-panel photographs, poetry, video installations and interactive assemblages in Prophecy of Place, on display at Yeshiva University Museum (YU Museum) through January 22, 2012.

"Inquisition Plaza and Jewish Ghetto, Lisbon"

"Inquisition Plaza and Jewish Ghetto, Lisbon"

Wikswo uses damaged and salvaged antique military cameras and battlefield typewriters to explore the startling ecological beauty that obscures “traumatized” sites of crimes against humanity, and to uncover the intergenerational legacies surrounding them. These fiercely mysterious images and starkly graceful prose poems create a powerful encounter with violence and beauty revealed through a fractured, unsettling lens.

Created between 2008-2011 in Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Finland and Russia, Prophecy of Place presents kaleidoscopic portraits of the astonishing and often invisible histories hidden at the heart of communities where Jews encountered exile, shelter and trauma.

Traversing 10 centuries, eight countries and five languages, the exhibition is a deeply immersive engagement with the legacy of Jewish survival and the struggle with other cultures through luminous, prismatic, multi-part contemporary photographs of villages, cities, shtetls and camps – sites where Jews have faced devastating attacks or attempts at cultural annihilation.

The works reverberate with contrasting abstractions of man-made, natural and ephemeral elements that reveal medieval cities, ancient forests or fields of wildflowers where thousands of people were persecuted or killed: the fields outside Strasbourg where mobs burned Jews accused of spreading plague; the Inquisition Plaza in the Jewish ghetto of Lisbon; the unmarked site of the Forced-Sex Brothel at Dachau; mass execution sites in the forests of Lithuania; and the disquietingly tranquil facades of Nazi medical facilities in Berlin.

“As historian and artist, I’m intrigued by human and ecological echoes at places fractured by trauma and political violence–sites of communal catastrophe that bear often invisible records of deep traumatic emotion. I look for points of intimacy and tenderness in these places on the earth that seem to utterly deny safety and comfort,” said Wikswo. “In locations with particularly painful histories, a certain resurrection of luminosity and beauty seems to me both absurd and essential.”

Included within Prophecy of Place are more than 35 large-format, multi-panel photographs; 10 video installations integrating poetic text, field recordings, and original music by prominent collaborating composers; and an interactive assemblage of artifacts and talismans. Visitors will have the opportunity to use a typewriter to leave notes, poems and prayers beneath polished black rocks on the table overlaid with a shifting projection of the artist’s poetry.

“Quintan Ana Wikswo is a gifted and original artist who creates stunningly beautiful and moving imagery of places with horrifically ugly provenance and background,” added Dr. Jacob Wisse, director of YU Museum. “The tension within her work reflects back movingly on recent and not-so-recent Jewish history, playing an important role of memorialization while also suggesting the possibility of a more hopeful and humane future. I think visitors to the exhibition will be struck and touched by the beauty and power of Wikswo’s work.”