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Berman Center hosts symposium on Jewish writing

The symposium, titled “Imagining Jews: Contemporary Explorations,” will bring together a diverse and imaginative group to reflect on Jewish memory and identity—past, present, and future. The program, sponsored by the Berman Center for Jewish Studies, is open to the public. The registration fee is $10, which is waived for students with university I.D.

“We envision the conference as an interactive, exciting dialogue about contemporary Jewish writing in relation to identity and culture,” says Ruth Knafo Setton, writer-in-residence at the Berman Center, who planned the symposium along with Larry Silberstein, director of the Berman Center.

The day’s events include sessions on “Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust,” “Multicultural Jews,” and “Rethinking Jewish Identity,” followed by a round-table discussion.

The participants are Melvin Jules Bukiet, author of Strange Fire; Lawrence Langer, award-winning writer of numerous books on the Holocaust; Irena Klepfisz, poet, essayist, and child Holocaust survivor; Ilan Stavans, author of many volumes on Jewish literature including The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories and The Shocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature; Ruth Knafo Setton, Moroccan-born poet, creative writer, and author of The Road to Fez; Farideh Goldin, author of the first autobiography of an Iranian Jewish woman, Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman; Gerald Stern, celebrated poet who has published more than a dozen books of poetry, including Last Blue, winner of the National Book Award for Poetry; Alicia Ostriker, prize-winning poet and midrashist and author of 10 volumes of poetry; and Dara Horn, who was awarded the 2003 National Jewish Book Award for her first novel, In the Image.

For more information, call the Berman Center at (610) 758-3352.

Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004

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