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2017 Naamani Memorial Lecture Series: Ron Leshem

April 9, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

2017 Naamani Memorial Lecture Series: Ron Leshem

The Naamani Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1979 to honor the memory of Professor Israel T. Naamani, admired scholar and teacher at the University of Louisville, and beloved Jewish community member. Ron Leshem is a widely-praised author and screenwriter, winner of the Sapir Prize, Israel’s top literary award. His powerful novel Beaufort chronicles the painful events leading up to Israel’s 2000 withdrawal from Southern Lebanon, was on Israel’s bestsellers list for two years and translated into twenty languages. The book was adapted into a film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Director. Leshem’s second book, The Underground Bazaar, is a richly imagined novel, set in modern-day Teheran. At times appalling, at times funny, this is a tale of love, friendship, and repression.

After three years as a reporter in the West Bank and Gaza, he was promoted to head of the news division of Israel’s most widely read daily newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, where he also wrote as a militaryaffairs analyst. By age 26, he was deputy chief editor for Ma’ariv, one of Israel’s three main newspapers, simultaneously writing for Le Monde in France and columns for various European newspapers. Leshem served as head of content and programming for Keshet Broadcasting, Israel’s major commercial TV network. He was a producer of the successful Israeli TV show Chatufim, which later was adapted into the hit TV series Homeland. Leshem was also executive producer of NBC’s TV drama Allegiance. He is currently working on adaptation of the Israeli TV show The Gordin Cell for American TV network. His talk addresses the surprising story of how Israel has emerged as a global powerhouse in the world of TV production and includes video exemplars.

The discussion will be followed by a free reception.
Please RSVP to Shari Gater: shari.gater@louisville.edu

Sponsored by the UofL Department of Comparative Humanities and Jewish Studies Program


April 9, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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