News Release: Religion and Ethics

Jan. 21,  2011

Jewish Horror to be Lecture Topic at Emory

“Frightening Jews: Towards a Definition of Jewish Horror” is the topic for Emory University’s 2011 Tenenbaum Lecture, given by Jewish literature expert Jeremy Dauber at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 at Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 S. Kilgo Circle, on the Emory campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dauber will address the question: Is there such a thing as Jewish horror? Looking at examples of what has frightened Jews over three millennia of literary history, Dauber will venture some conclusions.

Dauber has written several books on Jewish literature, including “Antonio's Devils: Writers of the Jewish Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature” and “In the Demon’s Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern.” His articles and essays cover topics ranging from late medieval Jewish demonology to the American Jewish graphic novel. He is currently working on a book on Sholem Aleichem.

Currently Dauber serves as the Atran Associate Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Columbia University, where he is also the director of its Institute of Israel and Jewish Studies.

Sponsored by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory, the Tenenbaum Family Lectureship in Judaic Studies salutes the family of the late Meyer W. Tenenbaum of Savannah, Ga. Arriving from Savannah from Poland at the age of 13 along with his parents and siblings, Meyer seized an education as the path to success in America and graduated from Emory University School of Law 11 years later. The lectureship honors the entire family and its ethos of citizenship and public service.

Free parking for the lecture is available at the Fishburne Parking Deck, 1672 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta.

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