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March 2017

Cracked Voices: Stories of Jewish Political Dissent and Fracture

March 26 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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Stories of Jewish political fracture, from the past and present. Activists, artists, leaders, and scholars come together for an evening of spoken word reflections on experiences of rupture in Jewish life. Featuring: -Sam Brody (Katz Center fellow and asst. prof of Religious Studies, University of Kansas); -Masha Gessen (journalist published in the New York Times, New Yorker, New York Review of Books and elsewhere and author); -Lital Levy (assoc. prof of Comparative Literature, Princeton University); -Daniel Mark (asst prof of…

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April 2017

Speaking Jewish, Writing English

April 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
B-26 Stiteler Hall, 208 S. 37th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Who speaks with a Jewish accent? According to whom? How and why do Jewish American writers inscribe a Jewish accent onto the printed page? This lecture will address the role of accent in Jewish American writing from Yiddish speaking immigrant writers to contemporary authors, from evasion to celebration. Among the authors whose works will be  discussed with regard to a “Jewish voice” are Abraham Cahan, Mary Antin, Henry Roth, Art Spiegelman, Daniel Mendelsohn and Boris Fishman.  Hana Wirth-Nesher s a distinguished professor of…

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