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The 2015 Uhlman Family Seminar featuring distinguished scholar Jonathan Hess

April 18, 2015

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? Jonathan Hess, Moses M. and Hannah L. Malkin Distinguished Professor of Jewish History and Culture, will be helping participants engage with these broad questions through analyzing a selection of representative pieces of modern Jewish fiction, and integrating lectures with an intensive, discussion-based format. All the readings for the seminar are in the new volume, 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 and Shai Ginsburg.


“Tradition!”: Tevye’s Precursors and the Emergence of Modern Jewish Literature

Literature and Assimilation

Melodrama and the Pleasures of Reading

Why are there no Great Jewish Romance Novels?

Panel Discussion: The Evolution of Jewish Intellectual Life
Jonathan Hess
Ruth Von Bernuth, Associate Professor of German and Director, UNC Center for Jewish Studies
Shai Ginsburg, Assistant Professor for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Duke University

Time & Cost

9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015. The tuition is $125 ($110 by January 22). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by January 22). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.00.

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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

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