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Endowed Lectures 2013-14

The Gossett Lecture with Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer. April 24, 2014. The lecture by Marianne Hirsch, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, and Leo Spitzer, Professor of History, Dartmouth College, was entitled “Small Acts of Repair: The Unclaimed Legacy of Transnistria.” This lecture was funded by an endowment established by Jean and Harold Gossett in memory of Holocaust victims Martha and Paul Feivel Korngold. The lecture and related workshop, “Crafting the Memory of Violence: Reflections on the Work of Literature and Visuality,” was co-sponsored by the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, the Center for Latin-American Studies, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies, the Program in Human Rights, the Department of Art History, and the Department of English Language and Literature.

The Joyce Z. Greenberg Visiting Professorship Lecture with Dan Diner. May 8, 2014. The inaugural Greenberg lecture by Dan Diner, Professor of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig, was entitled, “Language and Restitution: The German-Israeli Encounter in Luxembourg, 1952.”

Endowed Lectures 2012-13

The Harvey Goldberg Memorial Lecture with Eyal Chowers. February 5, 2013. Eyal Chowers, Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Tel Aviv University, presented the lecture, “Violence and the Hebrew Language: Israel’s Inner-Struggles.” The event was co-sponsored by Newberger Hillel. Additional support was received from the Political Theory Workshop.

The Sarah (Bunny) and Leo Horvitz Memorial Lecture in Jewish Studies with Ronit Matalon and Sayed Kashua. This year the Horvitz Lectureship was a series of two lectures given by acclaimed Israeli writers of modern literature. November 29, 2012, Ronit Matalon, author of “The One Facing Us,” “Sarah, Sarah (Bliss),” and “The Sound of Our Steps,” for which she was awarded the 2009 Bernstein Prize, spoke about her experiences as an Egyptian Jewish immigrant to Israel and its influence on her writing in the lecture “Out of Place and Inside Time: On Immigration and Writing.” Ms. Matalon also gave a luncheon creative writing workshop the next day entitled, “Reading Memory and Autobiography.” The second lecture in the series was given by Arab Israeli author, columnist, and television writer Sayed Kashua on March 5, 2013, entitled “Second Person Singular” after his award-winning novel by the same name. Earlier a student creative writing workshop, “The Step-Mother Tongue,” was presented by Mr. Kashua.

Endowed Lectures 2011-12

The Harvey Goldberg Memorial Lecture with Peter Cole and Adina Hoffman. January 23, 2012. Lecture and workshop. Workshop co-sponsored by Committee on Creative Writing and lecture co-sponsored by The Newberger Hillel Center, The Nicholson Center for British Studies, Special Collections Research Center, and the University of Chicago Library. Lecture located in the Regenstein Library’s Special Collections Research Center, 1100 E. 57th St.

The Gossett Lecture with Alvin Rosenfeld. February 20, 2012. “Primo Levi and the Germans: Is Forgiveness Possible after Auschwitz?” Located in the Swift Common Room, 1025 E. 58th St.

Endowed Lectures 2010-11

The June and Harold Patinkin Lecture with Illana Pardes. November 18-19, 2010.
The June and Harold Patinkin Lecture supports lectures related to modern Israeli studies, such as the history and establishment of Israel, Israeli government, politics, political parties, and culture. Past lecturers include Shimshon Zelniker (2007) and Matti Bunzl (2006).

The Sarah (Bunny) and Leo Horvitz Memorial Lecture in Jewish Studies with Meir Shalev. March 3-4, 2011. The Sarah (Bunny) and Leo Horvitz Memorial Lecture in Jewish Studies supports lectures in the field of Jewish Studies and alternates yearly with the Gossett Lecture. The Horvitz Lecturer for 2008-9 was Saul Friedlander.

Endowed Lectures 2009-10

The Gossett Lecture: An Evening with Tony Kushner. April 8, 2010
The Jean and Harold Gossett Memorial Fund in Memory of the Holocaust victims Martha and Paul Feivel Korngold supports activities that highlight artistic expression in modern Jewish culture, with a particular emphasis on issues related to the Holocaust. Previous Lecturers have been Dominick LaCapra (2000), Seth Wolitz (2002), Philip Bohlman (2003), Michael Steinberg (2004), Pierre Joris (2005), Peter Filkins (2006), Daniel Mendelsohn (2007), and Bożena Shallcross (2009).

The Sarah (Bunny) and Leo Horvitz Memorial Lecture in Jewish Studies alternates with the Gossett Lecture and will be given in 2010-11. The Horvitz Lecturer for 2008-9 was Saul Friedlander.