U of M Series About Jewish Literature and Culture Will Run Aug. 7 - Dec. 4 University News
For release: July 15, 2008

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A five-part series of free, public readings and discussions of Jewish literature will host its first session Thursday, Aug. 7, 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 world. 

Books to be read and discussed 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.

Dr. David PattersonThe series, which is open to all adults in the community, 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 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates:  Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Oct. 30, and Dec. 4.  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 rmjohnsn@memphis.edu


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