Philip Roth at the Center for Jewish History in May

An Evening with Philip Roth

When: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 (7 pm)

Where: YIVO/Center for Jewish History (NYC)

Cost: $25 general, $20 YIVO members

The YIVO Institute is pleased to present a special evening with acclaimed novelist Philip Roth. Roth will read excerpts from his new novel, Nemesis (2010), which tells the story of a terrifying polio epidemic raging in Newark, New Jersey in the summer of 1944 and its devastating effect on the closely knit, family-oriented community and its children. Through this story, Roth addresses profound questions of human existence: What types of choices fatally shape a life? How does the individual withstand circumstance?

Following the reading, there will be a panel discussion with YIVO Executive Director Jonathan Brent, Bernard Avishai (Hebrew University), Igor Webb (Adelphi University) and Steven Zipperstein (Stanford University).