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Wisse to present Bowen Lecture, Nov. 16

Ruth Wisse of Harvard University will speak on "The Great Jewish Political Experiment: Did the Diaspora Save or Doom the Jews?" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in McCosh 50.

Wisse is the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and professor of comparative literature in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard. A leading authority on modern Jewish literature, she is the author of many books, including "The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey Through Literature and Culture," which won a 2003 National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship. Her latest book is "If I Am Not for Myself: The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews."

The talk is designated as the William G. Bowen Lecture, presented annually by the Center for Jewish Life. This year's lecture is co-sponsored by the Program in Judaic Studies.

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