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Endowed Lectures 2014-15

The Leo and Sarah (Bunny) Horvitz Memorial Lectures.

November 20, 2014. Zeruya Shalev. Award-winning Israeli author Zeruya Shalev delivered the first of the 2014-15 Horvitz Memorial Lectures entitled “Ancient Jewish Sources and Modern Love.”

January 21, 2015. Dara Horn. American Jewish author and the Gerald Weinstock Visiting Professor in Jewish Studies at Harvard University, Dara Horn, presented the second in the series of Horvitz Memorial Lectures. The lecture was entitled, “On Being an American Jewish Writer. Dr. Horn also gave a student workshop.

March 2, 2015. Adam Kirsch. American poet, literary critic, and senior editor for “The New Republic,” Adam Kirsch, delivered the third in the series of Horvitz Memorial Lectures. The lecture was entitled,” Is There Such a Thing as Jewish Literature?” and was attended by approximately 40 people. A public reception and dinner of invited guests followed. (Mr. Kirsch also gave a student workshop. Details below.)

April 30, 2015. Assaf Gavron. Israeli author and novelist, Assaf Gavron, delivered the final Horvitz Memorial Lecture for the year. The lecture was based on his most recent book, The Hilltop: A Novel, winner of the prestigious Bernstein Prize. The lecture was attended by approximately 15 people. A public reception followed.

The Joyce Z. Greenberg Visiting Professorship Lectures

February 17, 2015. Isaiah Gafni. The winter Greenberg Lecture was given by Isaiah Gafni, the Sol Rosenbloom Professor Emeritus of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was entitled, “From Temple to Text: Rabbinic Judaism as Default or Destiny.”

May 28, 2015. Dan Diner. The spring Greenberg Lecture was given by Dan Diner, Professor of Modern History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and inaugural Greenberg Visiting Professor (Spring 2014). The lecture was entitled, Conspicuous Entanglements: Reappraising World War II in History’s Memory.

3. The June and Harold Patinkin Visiting Professorship in Modern Israel Studies Lecture

April 22, 2015. Raphael Greenberg. The Patinkin lecture was delivered by Raphael Greenberg, Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. The lecture was entitled, “The Future of Archaeology in Israel/Palestine.”

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.