First JHFE Lecture of UofL Features Shachar Pinsker

Pinsker_Shachar_Fall_2007The University of Louisville invites the community to the First Annual Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Lecture on Sunday, October 26, at 2 p.m. at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E. Main St.

At the inaugural lecture, Dr. Shachar Pinsker will speak on “A Rich Brew: Urban Cafés and Modern Jewish Culture. The lecture will be followed by a reception featuring live music.

Dr. Pinsker’s talk will explore the remarkable ways that the vital café life of Odessa, Vienna, Tel Aviv, and other cities shaped Jewish arts and ideas in the early 20th Century.

Pinsker is associate professor of Hebrew Literature and Culture at the University of Michigan. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion and the Hebrew University and lectured extensively in the US, Europe and Israel.

He is the author of Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe (Stanford University Press, 2011), which won the Jordan Schnitzler Award, and the co-editor of Hebrew, Gender, and Modernity (University of Maryland Press, 2007). He has published numerous articles and chapters dealing with Hebrew, Jewish and Israeli literature and culture.

This event is free and open to the community, but reservations are requested and can be made at

This event is supported by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence and the Division of Humanities at the University of Louisville.

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