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All invited to join spring Jewish literature series

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The library and the Jewish Studies Program at St. Cloud State University invite campus and community members to participate in “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature,” a five-part reading and discussion program to be held on five Wednesdays during spring 2009.

Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis – there are still 15 spaces available.  High school students and older from across Central Minnesota are welcome to participate.  Those who commit to participating in all five discussions will receive copies of the five novels.  St. Cloud State’s library will send the first book to the participants in advance of the first session.

The theme of the series is “Demons, Golems and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination.”  The books participants will read and the dates of the discussion groups are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 14, “Satan in Goray”
  • Wednesday, Feb. 4, “The Dybbuk and Other Writings”
  • Wednesday, March 4, “The Metamorphosis”
  • Wednesday, March 25, “The Puttermesser Papers”
  • Wednesday, April 22, “Angels in America”

Meetings will take place in St. Cloud State’s Atwood Memorial Center and last about an hour and a half.

Joseph Edelheit, director of Jewish Studies and professor of philosophy at St. Cloud State, will lead the discussion of each work and provide readers with context and setting for each novel.  Edelheit, who did his doctoral work at the University of Chicago Divinity School, has taught Jewish literature, spirituality, culture and history at several universities in Minnesota, including St. Cloud State.

To participate, contact Susan Motin at 320-308-4996, smotin@stcloudstate.edu.

This is the third year St. Cloud State has been awarded a grant from the American Library Association and Nextbook to host the “Let’s Talk About It” series on Jewish novels. The St. Cloud State Jewish Studies program also provided funding to support this project.

More information on the series is at the American Library Association Web site at www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/ppo/programming/ltai/ltaijewishlit.cfm# and the Nextbook site at http://www.nextbook.org/ala/index.html.

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