One Book | One Community—Lecture | Discussion: Revolution and Tradition in Modern Jewish Literature

November 21, 2011

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Dr. Todd Hasak-Lowy

You are invited to participate in One Book | One Community. Discover A Day of Small Beginnings, a remarkable debut novel by Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum, was selected specifically for this Chicago Jewish Community initiative. Listen in as we explore themes of Jewish faith and identity in the book.

Modern Jewish literature first emerged as part of a radical rejection of traditional Jewish life in the 19th century. As in A Day of Small Beginnings, however, contemporary Jewish literature has maintained a deep interest in Jewish history, texts, and language. Dr. Todd Hasak-Lowy, an adjunct member of the Spertus faculty, will explore this tension in American Jewish writing today.

Dr. Todd Hasak-Lowy earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of a short story collection, a novel, and an academic study of modern Hebrew fiction. This fall, he is a visiting professor of Israel Studies at University of Illinois-Chicago.

Recorded Sunday, November 20, 2011 at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies.