AMHERST, Mass. – Gail Hareven will discuss “Imagining Hebrew, Imagining in Hebrew” when she presents the 2017 Robert and Pamela Jacobs Lecture on Thursday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Hareven, one of Israel’s most significant authors and the scion of a family of Hebrew reformers, will present a personal reflection on the parallel development of Hebrew literature and language. Hebrew as a language is both ancient and not very old at all. The story of its revival is as remarkable as it is improbable. As a result, Hebrew literature speaks to us both in the voice of the Bible and in the voices of some of today’s most innovative writers.
Hareven has authored 16 books, including novels, short story collections, children’s books and creative non-fiction. Two of her novels appeared in English, The Confessions of Noa Weber and Lies, First Person. Her work has also been featured in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and has been translated into Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Italian and other languages. Hareven is a winner of Israel’s highest literary honor, the Sapir Prize, as well as the Prime Minister Prize and the Best Translated Book Award (for The Confessions of Noa Weber). Hareven’s writings engage with gender and national character in the complicated fabric of Israeli life. Her deeply humanistic stories are at once utterly personal and deeply rooted in Jewish history and identity.
The purpose of the endowment fund known as the Robert and Pamela Jacobs Lecture Series in Jewish Culture is to provide a public lecture by one of the leading figures in contemporary Jewish thought, education, culture or politics. The lecture could explore a specific theme such as American Jewish history, Jewish art, the Holocaust, or religious thought.