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Prof. Ruth Wisse Will Speak at Rinat Yisrael

On Sunday, May 7, at 8 p.m., Cong. Rinat Yisrael Adult Education in cooperation with the Tikvah Fund presents Prof. Ruth Wisse, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Tikvah Fund and noted lecturer who will present “Are American Jews Their Own Worst Enemies? A Lecture and Conversation With Ruth Wisse.”

As a scholar and a literary and social critic, Prof. Ruth Wisse is a unique figure in American Jewish letters. She bridges the worlds of Yiddish and American culture, of literature and politics, and of Israel and the diaspora. She has taught at McGill, Stanford, NYU, Hebrew U and Tel Aviv University, as well as at Harvard. Recently retired from her position as Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard, Professor Wisse is currently Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Her many books on literary subjects include an edition of Jacob Glatstein’s two-volume fictional memoir, “The Glatstein Chronicles” (2010), “The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey through Literature and Culture” (2003) and “A Little Love in Big Manhattan” (1988). She is also the author of two political studies, “If I Am Not for Myself: The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews” (1992) and “Jews and Power” (2007). Her latest book, “No Joke: Making Jewish Humor,” a volume in the Tikvah-sponsored Library of Jewish Ideas, was recently published by Princeton University Press.

 

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