JTS Scholar to Deliver Address at US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
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March 22, 2007, New York, NY

Dr. David G. Roskies, Chairman of Yiddish Literature and Culture at The Jewish Theological Seminary and the 2006-2007 JB and Maurice C. Shapiro Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will discuss "1943: The Jewish World at Ground Zero" at the JB and Maurice C. Shapiro Annual Lecture on Tuesday, March 27. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Helena Rubinstein Auditorium, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, in Washington, DC.

The JB and Maurice C. Shapiro Senior Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship is awarded each year to a distinguished academician who is invited to spend a year at the Museum to pursue research and writing on a project related to the Holocaust. The Shapiro Senior Scholar also leads seminars, lectures at universities in the United States, and serves as a resource for the Museum, educators, students, and the general public.

Dr. Roskies, who is also a Professor of Jewish Literature at JTS, is an expert in the field of Eastern European Jewry. He is a prolific author, editor, and scholar, publishing seven books and receiving numerous awards. In 1971, Dr. Roskies published Night Words: A Midrash on the Holocaust, one of the first liturgies on the subject ever to appear. In 1975, he co-authored The Shtetl Book: An Introduction to East European Jewish Life and Lore, which went on to become a standard textbook. In 1984, Harvard University Press published his book Against the Apocalypse: Responses to Catastrophe in Modern Jewish Culture, which has since been translated into Russian and Hebrew. A companion volume, The Literature of Destruction, was published by the Jewish Publication Society in 1989.

Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1985, Dr. Roskies began studying the modern Jewish return to folklore and fantasy. The fruits of his labor are The Dybbuk and Other Writings by S. Ansky (1992), and A Bridge of Longing: The Lost Art of Yiddish Storytelling (1995). In 1981 (with Dr. Alan Mintz), he co-founded Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History, published by Indiana University Press, and has served since 1998 as Editor-in-Chief of the New Yiddish Library, published by Yale University Press.

A reception will follow the lecture and reservations are requested. Further information is available by calling (202) 488-6162.

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

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