Tulane receives transformational gift for Jewish Studies

Tulane University has received a generous gift from Stuart and Suzanne Grant of Wilmington, Delaware to establish the Stuart and Suzanne Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience. It is among the largest gifts to the Tulane School of Liberal Arts and the largest ever to the Department of Jewish Studies.

Stuart Grant of Delaware, left, and his wife Suzanne Grant flank their Sam, a 2019 graduate of Tulane and a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.
Stuart Grant, left, and his wife Suzanne Grant flank their Sam, a 2019 graduate of Tulane and a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

Tulane University has received a generous gift from Stuart and Suzanne Grant of Wilmington, Delaware to establish the Stuart and Suzanne Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience. It is among the largest gifts to the Tulane School of Liberal Arts and the largest ever to the Department of Jewish Studies.

The gift from the Grants’ I Could Do Great Things Foundation will double the number of research faculty in the Jewish Studies department. It provides funding for a new endowed chair that will allow the department to recruit a senior scholar, as well as to launch a national search for a junior faculty position. It will also provide operating support for the Center that will bear their name.

“With this visionary gift, Tulane is poised to become a national leader in the study of the American Jewish experience, with a particular, unique and interdisciplinary focus on the history of Jews in the Gulf South and the region more generally,” Tulane President Mike Fitts said. “We are so grateful to the Grants for their support which will position Tulane as a hub of excellence and the global leader in the study of the American Jewish experience.”

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