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Wieseltier to discuss Jewish history, March 14

Writer, critic and editor Leon Wieseltier will deliver a lecture titled "Of What Use Is Jewish History to American Jewish History?" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in 101 McCormick Hall.

Wieseltier, the literary editor of The New Republic, has published several works of fiction and nonfiction. His "Kaddish," an autobiographical meditation on the Jewish prayers of mourning, was a National Book Award finalist in 2000. He also wrote "Against Identity," edited "The Moral Obligation to be Intelligent" and has translated the works of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai.

His talk is the inaugural lecture of the Lapidus Family Fund for American Jewish Studies, which was established in 2006 to expand and enhance studies pertaining to the history of Jewish life in America. The lecture is sponsored by the Program in Judaic Studies, the Perelman Institute and the Program in American Studies.

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