9 2021

The Origins of Jewish American Literature

6:45PM - 7:45PM  

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413-442-4360 x10

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The women and men who created North America’s first Jewish communities were unique for their high level of literacy. Unlike their European counterparts, however, these merchants, small-time shopkeepers, and homemakers were not particularly learned in Hebrew or Talmud. What they knew how to read and write was the English language, and what they invented was Jewish American literature.  Join Michael Hoberman for this program.
Michael Hoberman is a professor of American literature at Fitchburg State University and is a graduate of Reed College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His books include New IsraelNew England: Jews and Puritans in Early America and, most recently, A Hundred Acres of America: The Geography of Jewish American Literature. In 2010, he was Fulbright Senior Professor of American Studies, at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. His articles on Jewish American literature and history can be found in Tablet Magazine.
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series.