Sunday, March 29, 2015

Late April brings UNC’s exploration of Jewish literature & a gathering of poets in Winston-Salem


On April 18, the excellent UNC Program in the Humanities will turn its attention to Jewish literature when the 2015 Ulhman Family Seminar will be presented by Dr. Jonathan Hess, the Moses M. and Hannah L. Malkin Distinguished Professor of Jewish History and Culture.

“Since the mid-nineteenth century, literature has played a key role in the way Jews have adapted to the modern world and confronted the challenges of secularization, the dislocations of migration, and the traumas of anti-Semitism.  But what exactly is Jewish literature?  How does it relate to traditional Jewish modes of engaging with sacred
texts?  Why has it been so important to Jews in the modern era and of such interest to non-Jewish readers?”

Dr. Hess will “engage these broad questions” by analyzing representative pieces of modern Jewish fiction in an intensive, discussion-based format.

All the readings for the seminar are in NINETEENTH-CENTURY JEWISH LITERATURE: A READER, a free copy of which will be distributed to participants in advance of the seminar. The seminar will end with a panel session featuring Ruth Von Bernuth (Associate Professor of German and Director, UNC Center for Jewish Studies) and Shai Ginsburg (Assistant Professor for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Duke University).  Details at


Reminder:  the annual GATHERING OF POETS will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 at The Historic Brookstown Inn in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Faculty includes Charmaine G. Cadeau, Terry L. Kennedy, Peter Makuck, Terri Kirby Erickson, Catherine Carter, and Tom Lombardo.  Participants get to choose four workshops.  There is an optional fifth one on Sunday morning, led by Rebecca Foust, winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry. Shelby Stephenson, NC Poet Laureate, will read at lunchtime (

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