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U of M Will Host Series of Discussions on Modern Jewish Classics University News
For release: January 13, 2009

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

The University of Memphis will host a four-part series of free, public discussions of modern classics in Jewish literature beginning February 2. All sessions will be held on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ned R. McWherter Library, Room 226.

The schedule of books to be discussed is as follows:  Feb. 2, The Penitent by Isaac Bashevis Singer; March 2, Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi; March 30, Twilight by Elie Wiesel; and April 27, I Asked for Wonder by Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Dr. David Patterson
Dr. David Patterson
 The discussions will be led by Dr. David Patterson, holder of the Chair of Excellence in Judaic Studies and director of the Bornblum Judaic Studies Center at the U of M.

While it makes for richer discussion if participants have read the works in advance of the programs, people who have not done so are welcome to attend. The U of M Bookstore stocks the four titles, and a copy of each is on reserve in the McWherter Library Reserve Room.

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 the other located at 505 Zach Curlin Street.

The series is sponsored through the partnership of University Libraries, Friends of the Libraries, and the Bornblum Judaic Studies Program.

Reservations are not required to attend. For more information, contact David Patterson at 901-678-2919, Tom Mendina at 901-678-4310 or Klaudia Kroboth at 901-678-2209.

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