The “Mixed Multitudes” blog on MyJewishLearning.com featured an interview earlier this week with Joshua Henkin, author of the new novel, Matrimony, and participant on the panel I recently wrote about for Poets & Writers. MyJewishLearning.com also posted an excerpt from the novel, highlighting the Jewish background of one of the protagonists. Read and enjoy. (And if you still haven’t had enough of Josh, you can read another interview, one yours truly conducted, albeit one that isn’t focused on the specifically Jewish elements of his work.)
If you’re in the New York area (or going to be, during October), take note of this schedule of free concerts presented by the National Yiddish Theatre/Folksbiene. The series is sponsored by The City University of New York (disclosure: my employer!). The concerts, in Yiddish and English with English and Russian supertitles, will be held at Queens College on October 14; Hunter College on October 15; Lehman College on October 17; and Brooklyn College on October 18. Check the link above for more information.
“For several years now, British faculty unions have been voting in various ways to encourage members to boycott Israeli academics and universities — and ignoring anti-boycott pleas and resolutions and requests from scholarly societies, university presidents and academics from Britain, the United States and in some cases the Palestinian Authority. On Friday, the union announced an abrupt reversal: Based on legal advice, calls for the boycott will be dropped.”
Thus begins an article on today’s InsideHigherEd.com. Read the rest here.
I haven’t been publicizing this blog very much at this early date, but one friend with whom I have shared it has suggested several good resources to add. One is this site, documenting the history of Jews in America. It’s a great recommendation, and I’m grateful to B.J. for offering it.
“What more could there possibly be to say about ‘The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,’ the controversial new book-length version of John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt’s provocative thesis about pro-Israel forces in America?” Luckily, Gal Beckerman does indeed have something to say, on the Columbia Journalism Review Web site.
Having just finished celebrating the Jewish New Year, I am happy to launch a new project: My Machberet blog. Please come back soon for news and commentary on Jewish literary topics. Thanks!