Fifth U of M Talk on Jewish Literature and Culture Will be Dec. 4 University News
For release: November 24, 2008

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Gish Jen
Gish Jen
The fifth installment of a five-part series of free, public readings and discussions of Jewish literature will be held Thursday, December 4, at the University of Memphis Library, Room 226.

“Let’s Talk About It:  Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination,” has been exploring 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 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 will be led by Dr. David Patterson, director of the Bornblum Judaic Studies Program at the University of Memphis.  It will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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 program is 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, contact Ross Johnson by phone at 901-678-8211 or via email at

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