Fall 2011

Contemporary Israeli Voices is a cultural series comprised of lectures and screenings by leading Israeli scholars, artists and film directors. It consists of the latest Israeli innovations in the arts and reflects upon a range of social, cultural and political issues. The series is organized by Dalit Katz and is integrated into the teaching of Hebrew at Wesleyan University. The series has been running since 2002.


Monday, September 19, 2011,  Shimon Adaf: Behold the Present, If You Must: Questions Asked by Young Writers Nowadays. Shimon Adaf is an Israeli poet and novelist . He has received the Ministry of Education Award (1996) for his first collection of poetry, the Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature (2007), and the Yehuda Amichai Prize for Poetry (2009) .
Location: Usdan 108, Middletown, CT at 8 p.m.


Thursday,  November  3, 2011, Amos Oz: Israel Through Its Literature.Amos Oz is an  internationally acclaimed,  award-winning Israeli writer, novelist, and journalist. Amos Oz has published numerous prestigious works of fiction and nonfiction since his first story collection, Where the Jackals Howl, was published in 1965. A full professor at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, he has devoted much of his life to writing, teaching, and actively campaigning for the Israeli Peace Movement. Among his publications are My Michael, Black Box, Don’t Call It Night, The Same Sea, A Tale of Love and Darkness, and most recently, Scenes from Village Life. Professor Oz has received many accolades for his work over the years, including the Prix Femina (1998), the German Friedenspreis (1992), the Israel Prize for Literature (1998), the Goethe Prize (2005), the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters (2007), the Primo Levi Prize (2008), and the Heinrich Heine Prize (2008).
Location:Memorial Chapel, Middletown, CT at 8 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Rosenberg Family Fund for Jewish Life, Wesleyan Writing Programs and the Annie Sonnenblick Fund, the Samuel and Dorothy Frankel Memorial Lecture Fund, the Jewish and Israel Studies, the Wesleyan Jewish Community and the College of Letters. Arrangements for Amos Oz were made through the B’nai B”rith Lecture Bureau.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011,  Eshkol Nevo’s talk about his novel Homesick.Israeli novelist Eshkol Nevo has received the Book Publishers Association’s  Gold and Platinum Prizes (2005, 2008)  and the FFI-Raymond Wallier Prize (2008). His novel Homesick also was a finalist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (2009).
Location:  Russell House, 310 High Street, Middletown, CT at 8 p.m.