Scholar on Yiddish Literature Offers Lecture at Ursinus

Celebrated scholar of Yiddish and American culture and Yiddish literature Dr. Ruth Wisse will present a lecture at Ursinus College March 27 at 3:30 p.m. The lecture is titled, “The New York Intellectuals: Will We Ever See Their Like Again?” Dr. Wisse is the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

The lecture will be held in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center’s Lenfest Theater, followed by a reception in the Kaleidoscope lobby. The lecture is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested by March 11 by calling 610-409-3172. (Pictured Left: Ruth Wisse)

The special event is in honor of Werner Dannhauser, who was a professor at Ursinus College from 2007 to 2009, and the author of Nietzche’s View of Socrates.

Dr. Wisse’s books include The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey Through Language and Culture (2000) and Jews and Power (2007). In 2007 she was awarded a National Humanities Medal for “scholarship and teaching that have illuminated Jewish literary traditions,” and “insightful writings” that “have enriched our understanding of Yiddish literature and Jewish culture in the modern world.” Wisse is well known in literary circles for her collaborative anthologies with Irving Howe, The Best of Sholom Aleichem (1979) and, together with Khone Shmeruk, The Penguin Book of Modern Yiddish Verse (1987). She was also the first editor-in-chief of the Library of Yiddish Classics, and an essayist in the magazine, Commentary.

Dr. Dannhauser came to Ursinus after a long and distinguished career as a Professor of Government at Cornell University, and was an editor and writer for the magazine, Commentary. He was a translator of the great scholar of Jewish mysticism, Gershom Scholem. He is also a commentator on the German-Jewish political philosopher Leo Strauss, and an authority on German thought and contributor to Jewish studies. He has donated his considerable book collection to Ursinus College. (Pictured Right: Werner Dannhauser)