Alissa Reeves, Senior with a Double Major in Religious Studies and English Rhetoric Writing presented her paper entitled "Doña Gracia Nasi: Worship, Study, Tzedakah" at the North Carolina Religious Studies Conference at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington on November 3, 2012.
Alissa originally wrote this paper for Judaic Studies 320 "Women in Judaism", and was encouraged by Dr. Gilya Schmidt to submit the paper for presentation. This paper was also published in the Newsletter of the Fern & Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Students, Fall 2012.
Alissa's next religious studies adventure is in Near Eastern Archaeology at the Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project in southern Jordan, with Dr. Erin Darby.
Alissa says that the moment she walked into her first religious studies course, her education goals completely changed.
"I was scheduled to graduate with a degree in English, when I took my first Religious Studies course. The moment I sat down in Religious Studies 311, Introduction to the Hebrew Bible', my life goals changed. I tried to pacify myself with a Religious Studies minor, but once I finished those classes I still wanted more. So, I made Religious Studies my second major and now I'm planning to study abroad in Jordan. I made the right decision. Religious Studies is my passion."