The celebrated authors Dara Horn and Ilan Stavans will visit the University of Washington in May to speak at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies’ prestigious annual lecture series. The theme of this year’s Stroum Lectures is “Hebrew and the Creative Imagination.” Together, these two leading voices in Jewish literature will consider how contemporary Jews can tap into the rich textual heritage of Hebrew now and in the future.

On May 23rd Dr. Horn will speak about “Living in Hebrew,” while Dr. Stavans’ topic on May 24th is “Dying in Hebrew.” Both lectures take place at 7:00 in Kane Hall 220 on the UW campus. A kosher reception will follow Dr. Horn’s lecture on May 23rd.

These events are free and open to the public; there are separate tickets for each lecture, available below.

About the speakers:

The author and scholar Dara Horn. Photo Credit: Brendan Schulman.Dara Horn was chosen by Granta magazine as one of the 20 “Best Young American Novelists” in 2007. She is the author of four novels: In the Image (2003), The World to Come (2006), All Other Nights (2009), and A Guide for the Perplexed(2013). She is also the author of a nonfiction ebook, The Rescuer (2011), and co-editor of an academic anthology, Arguing the Modern Jewish Canon (2008). A Harvard Ph.D. in Hebrew and Yiddish literature, she has taught these literatures as a visiting professor at Sarah Lawrence College, City University of New York, and Harvard University, and has lectured at over 200 universities and cultural institutions throughout North America, Australia and Israel. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.

Click here for more information and tickets for Dara Horn’s lecture at the UW on May 23, 2016.

Ilan Stavans PhotoIlan Stavans

An essayist, cultural critic, and translator, Professor Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture and Five College-Fortieth Anniversary Professor at Amherst College. A native of Mexico, he received his Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from Columbia University. Prof. Stavans’ books include The Hispanic ConditionSpanglishGabriel García Márquez: The Early Years,and Resurrecting Hebrew. Recently, Stavans translated Pablo Neruda’s All the Odes (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013), and authored the graphic novel El Iluminado and the children’s book Golemito.   

Click here for more information and tickets for Ilan Stavans’ lecture at the UW on May 24, 2016.

Both Stroum lecturers will participate in a special symposium, “Hebrew and the Humanities: Present Tense,” taking place at the UW during the day on May 24th.

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