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March 6, 2014

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Brockport Professor Receives Prestigious Grant

Brockport’s Stefan Jurasinski, PhD, receives $80,000 grant from American Council of Learned Services

BROCKPORT, N.Y.Stefan Jurasinski, PhD, an associate professor of English at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, has received a prestigious grant from the American Council of Learned Societies. The $80,080 grant will fund Jurasinski’s part in a collaborative research project.

The project will focus on the laws written by Alfred the Great. Jurasinski and Elisabeth Oliver, PhD, an English professor at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, will finish a book that they have been working on for years. The Laws of Alfred and Ine: An Edition and Interpretive Commentary will be the first scholarly edition on the laws of Alfred the Great in a century. Jurasinski and Oliver hope their findings can bring improved understanding to current legal practices.

“Alfred's laws are remarkable for their inclusion of legal material from Exodus, making them one of the earliest attempts to translate portions of Scripture into English,” Jurasinski said, “The laws potentially reveal much about conditions in England.”

Jurasinski’s research will be conducted between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015. The ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship Program is geared toward encouraging collaborative research in the humanities and social science fields.

Since 2008, the Andrew W Mellon Foundation has provided funds for this program. ACLS is a private non-profit federation of 71 national scholarly organizations and is the leading representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social science fields.

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