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Sept. 23, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 2

Nota Bene

For the fifth consecutive year, Prof. Paul Schervish (Sociology), director of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, has been named to the NonProfit Times "Power and Influence Top 50." The list includes entrepreneurs, academics, public officials, charitable organization heads and others selected for having an impact on the non-profit sector. NPT staff and members of the non-profit community chose the finalists from a field of more than 200.

In its citation for Schervish, NPT stated, "There is nobody better at studying the forms, trends, and motives surrounding the meaning and practice of care and giving in this age of affluence. Remember, it's not about you. It's about the donor."

Others on the top 50 list include Microsoft Chairman and founder Bill Gates, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Moveon.org co-founder Joan Blades and James Towey, director of the White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Director Prof. Alan Wolfe (Political Science) has received a George Herbert Walker Bush Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin.

Wolfe will work at the Hans Arnhold Center from Oct. 1 through Dec. 17 as one of 14 academy fellows pursuing projects with a link to Berlin, Germany or Europe. Wolfe's project is titled "Is Religion a Threat to Democracy?" He also will give a talk at the academy titled "The Transformation of American Religion: How Americans Actually Live Their Faith." Other fellows this fall include filmmaker Hal Hartley, New Yorker writer Hilton Als and artist Chuck Close.

In addition to presenting their own work, fellows have the opportunity to hear and speak with distinguished visitors at the academy. Among the scheduled fall events are a screening of "The Manchurian Candidate" followed by a discussion with director Jonathan Demme, a class with actor Joel Grey, and a debate on the American presidential election between former Pentagon policy advisor Richard Perle and W. Michael Blumenthal, who served in the Kennedy, Johnson and Carter administrations and is now director of the Jewish Museum Berlin.

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Prof. Maxim D. Shrayer (Slavic and Eastern Languages) has been named 2004-2005 Fellow in the Humanities by the Bogliasco Foundation and received a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, a two-month grant to do scholarly research at the Liguria Study Center on the Ligurian coast, east of Genoa, Italy. While at the center, Shrayer plans to complete his two-volume Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature.

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