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The Life of the Jewish Book

The Life of the Jewish Book
120 St. George Street, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Time: Feb 11th, 5:30 pm End: Feb 11th, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Jewish Studies, Information, Faculty of, History (FAS), Book History/Print Culture
Lecture by David M. Stern, University of Pennsylvania

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies is pleased to present:

David M. Stern, University of Pennsylvania

The Life of the Jewish Book

David Stern is Moritz and Josephine Berg Professor of Classical Hebrew Literature at the University of Pennsylvania where he served for many years as Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Penn. Educated at Columbia College (B.A. 1972 and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1980), Stern was a Junior Fellow in Harvard's Society of Fellows, and has taught at Princeton University, The University of Judaism in Los Angeles, the Hebrew University, and the University of Washington.  He has received awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the American Philosophical Society. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research.

Stern's fields of specialization are classical Jewish literature and religion and the history of the Jewish book. He has written widely on midrash (the Biblical commentaries of the Rabbis), and is the author of eight books including Parables in Midrash: Narrative and Exegesis in Rabbinic Literature (Harvard University Press); Rabbinic Fantasies: Imaginative Narratives from Classical Hebrew Literature (Yale University Press), and Midrash and Theory: Ancient Jewish Exegesis and Contemporary Literary Studies (Northwestern University Press). His essays and reviews on modern Jewish literature and culture have appeared in The New Republic, Commentary, The New York Times Book Review and Tikkun. He was also a founding editor of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History.

This event is free and open to all.  For further information, please contact the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at (416) 978-1624 or cjs.events@utoronto.ca.

This event is produced in partnership with the Thomas Fisher Library of Rare Books to launch the exhibition, 'As it is Written': Judaic Treasures from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.


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