For release: August 20, 2008
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901/678-2843
The second installment of a five-part series of free, public readings and discussions
of Jewish literature will be held Thursday, September 4, at the University of Memphis
Library, Room 226.
“Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination,” explores Jewish
literature and culture through scholar-led discussion of contemporary and classic
books on the theme of neighbors and Jewish identity in an ever shrinking, multicultural
Books to be read and discussed in the series include A Journey to the End of the Millenium by A.B. Yehoshua, Red Cavalry by Isaac Babel, Neighbors by Jan T. Gross, The Assistant by Bernard Malamud, and Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen.
Open to all adults in the community, the lecture series will be led by Dr. David Patterson,
director of the Bornblum Judaic Studies Program at the University of Memphis. Sessions
will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Oct. 30, and Dec. 4, from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. All discussion programs will take place in Room 226 of the McWherter Library
on the U of M campus.
Parking will be available at the U of M’s two parking garages – one adjacent to the
Fogelman Executive Center on Innovation Drive, just off Central Avenue and another
located at 505 Zach Curlin Street.
The programs are part of a national initiative of Nextbook and the American Library
Association (ALA). “Let’s Talk About it: Jewish Literature” uses books and scholar-led
discussions as an effective entry into serious thought, discussion, and further reading.
It also offers an occasion to bring diverse groups together at the library to explore
Jewish literature and culture in greater depth through a mix of scholarly essays,
books and discussions.
The Hebrew Watchman, Memphis Jewish Community Center, Temple Israel, and the University of Memphis Friends
of the Libraries are partners in sponsoring the series.
For more information or to make reservations for this free reading and discussion
series, contact Ross Johnson by phone at 901-678-8211 or via email at email@example.com