Writing in Israel 2020: New Stories

An Evening in Honor of Prof. Michael Kramer

Featuring Matti Friedman and Yossi Klein Halevi

in Conversation with Dr. Ilana Blumberg

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 20:00

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/8085536575

Please join the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Bar-Ilan University as we honor Prof. Michael Kramer upon his retirement from the Department of English Literature and Linguistics. In this online event, program director Dr. Ilana Blumberg will speak with authors Yossi Klein Halevi and Matti Friedman.

Yossi Klein Halevi is senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He is the author of four books of nonfiction, most recently the New York Times bestseller, Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor. His 2013 Like Dreamers: The Story of

the Israeli Paratroopers who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation won the Book of the Year Award in the National Jewish Book Awards.

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Matti Friedman is the author of three award-winning books of nonfiction, most recently Spies of No Country, the story of Israel’s first intelligence agents in 1948, which received the 2018 Natan Book Award. Matti is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.

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Michael P. Kramer is a professor at the Bar-Ilan University's Department of English Literature and Linguistics and one of the founders of the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing. He was the founding editor of MAGGID: A Journal of Jewish Literature, is a co-organizer of Kisufim: The Jerusalem Conference of Jewish Writers, and serves on the advisory boards of The Sami Rohr Prize for Emerging Jewish Writers and of JewishFiction.net.  He has authored and edited numerous books and essays on Jewish and American literature. His annotated translation of S. Y. Agnon's And the Crooked Shall be Made Straight was published by Toby Press in 2017.  He received his doctoral degree from Columbia University and taught at Princeton University and the University of California, Davis, before coming to Israel in 1994. 

Dr. Ilana Blumberg is the author of Open Your Hand: Teaching as a Jew, Teaching as an American and Houses of Study: a Jewish Woman among Books, winner of the Sami Rohr Choice Award in 2008. She is senior lecturer in the Department of English Lit and Linguistics at Bar-Ilan University, where she directs the Creative Writing Program.

For any inquiries, contact us at barilanwriting@gmail.com

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