Dear Friends of French & Italian:
As many of you know, Mira Reinberg, an alumna of the French doctoral program, died in December 2016. Mira was a vital member of the French & Italian community both during her time in the doctoral program and after obtaining her PhD in 2010.
Those who have known Mira remember an uncompromising and committed intellectual, what the French call “intellectuel engagé.” A polyglot (she was fluent in Hebrew, French, English, taught herself Russian and had started learning Arabic), Mira was a model of cultural openness and intellectual curiosity. She loved travelling and discovering new civilizations and different ways of seeing the world. Mira maintained an astonishing breadth of scholarly interests, from the French Revolution, contemporary political thought, through film of all kinds, to the history of whaling. She matched this breadth of interests with an uncompromising sense of intellectual rigor; with Mira, one could not get away with a half-baked proposition when discussing literature, theory, or politics.
What made Mira a truly exceptional colleague in graduate studies, however, was her generosity. She was always willing to listen to fellow students as they worked through new ideas or tried an argument on for size. She frequently read drafts of abstracts, conference papers, and articles. Mira was unflinching in her critique and genuine with her encouragement.
A group of her friends, mentors, and peers have decided to honor Mira’s legacy by establishing a fund to support graduate student scholarship. Mira was committed to thinking about the connections between literature, ethics and psychoanalysis and this fund will reward students who share her passions. Because her travels around the world had shaped her, this fund will also support students who conduct their research abroad. If sufficient funds are raised, the fund will become an endowment, which would then support students for many years to come.
We invite you to help us honor Mira’s memory with a donation to this fund. Collectively, we can help secure the vivacious community which Mira so warmly fostered, and continue to remember her. If you have questions, please contact Robyn Rost in CLA Institutional Advancement at 612-625-5092 or firstname.lastname@example.org.