Discussion to Shed New Light on Israel's Most Distinctive City

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

January 9, 2007, New York, NY

Dr. Barbara Mann, Associate Professor of Jewish Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss her recently published book, A Place in History: Modernism, Tel Aviv, and the Creation of Jewish Urban Space, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 12 at JTS, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City. Sponsored by The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, the discussion will be moderated by Dr. David Kraemer, the Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian at JTS.

A Place in History: Modernism, Tel Aviv, and the Creation of Jewish Urban Space is an exceptional cultural history of Israel's largest and most distinctive city. Examining both word and image, Dr. Mann sheds new light on the values and aspirations of the Jews who created this city.

Dr. Mann's areas of expertise include Israeli and Jewish literature, cultural studies, modern poetry, urban studies, literary modernism, and the fine arts. Her current research concerns the relation between literature and the fine arts in twentieth–century Jewish culture. Coeditor–in–Chief of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History, she has lectured and presented scholarly papers at seminars and conferences in the United States, Israel, and Europe. From 1997—2004, she was a member of the faculty at Princeton University, where she also served as a Faculty Fellow in Princeton's Center for the Study of Religion. She was awarded a Fulbright–Hayes Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship in 1999, in addition to numerous other honors.

Admission is free; photo ID is required. For further information and to RSVP, please call (212) 678–8075.

Editors/Reporters: To attend the discussion or schedule an interview with Dr. Mann, please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the JTS Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953 or email.

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