The University of Alabama Department of Religious Studies announced Sean Sidky as one of the participants in the 2021 American Examples program. This will be the third year of the program’s history and the second year the program has been funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. This year’s program will be hosted virtually, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the virtual format, a record number of applications, and a strong applicant pool, we have expanded the program from 9 to 12 participants. We are so excited to see American Examples continue to mentor early-career scholars in research, teaching, and public humanities.
Sean Sidky is a PhD Candidate in Religious Studies and Comparative Literature at Indiana University Bloomington, where he specializes in Yiddish and American Jewish literature. His research interests include poetics, catastrophe literature, religion in popular culture, and the reception history of the Holocaust. His dissertation, “No letters arrive anymore: American Yiddish Holocaust literature” examines Yiddish poetry written in response to news of the Holocaust as filtered into the United States.