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Jacobs Lecture 2022: Can't We Talk About Something More Jewish?

Roz Chast stands with a parrot on her shoulder


For its annual Jacobs Lecture, the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies is delighted to present an evening with cartoonist and best-selling author, Roz Chast. Since joining The New Yorker in 1978, Chast has established herself as one of our greatest artistic chroniclers of the anxieties, superstitions, furies, insecurities, and surreal imaginings of modern life. Her works are typically populated by hapless but relatively cheerful "everyfolk," and she addresses the universal topics of guilt, aging, families, money, real estate, and as she would say, "much, much more!" David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, has called her "the magazine's only certifiable genius." Chast is the author of more than a dozen books for adults, including Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? (2014), a work that chronicles her relationship with her aging parents as they shift from independence to dependence. Can't We Talk a bout Something More Pleasant? was a New York Times Best Book of the Year, National Book Award finalist, winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize, and a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for the best books of 2014, the first time a graphic novel received the prize for autobiography. Chast is the author of an additional 11 books for adults, and numerous books for children. She will speak about her work, and its connection to Jewish themes and her Jewish background. A book signing will follow Chast's remarks and audience questions. The event is free and open to the public, subject to safe social-distancing practices.