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Zionism: Conflicting Dreams

April 30, 2018
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

Free and open to the public:

Amos Oz is the author of fourteen novels and collections of short fiction, and numerous works of nonfiction. His acclaimed memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness was an international bestseller and recipient of the prestigious Goethe prize, as well as the National Jewish Book Award. The memoir was recently adapted as a film, directed by and starring Natalie Portman. Scenes from Village Life, a New York Times Notable Book, was awarded the Prix Méditerranée Étranger in 2010. Oz’s latest novel, Judas, (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize) contends with the humanity of Jesus, the basis of anti-Semitism in particular, and of racism more generally. Set in the winter of 1959 and 1960, Judas grapples with competing visions of Zionism and the hope for eventual peace in the state of Israel. 

According to Oz “People often ask me if Israel is or is not fulfilling the dream of the Zionist founding mothers and fathers.” His talk will focus on the lack of such a singular Zionist dream, exploring a wide spectrum of dreams and visions and masterplans. Oz will grapple with these historical Zionist impulses and movements and discuss their various fates. 

Israeli author Amos Oz will be in residence in Rochester this spring as the inaugural Farash Fellow for the Advancement of Jewish Humanities and Culture, sponsored by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation. The Farash Fellows program is designed to enrich Jewish heritage by celebrating and supporting the creative excellence of some of the world’s leading artists, philosophers, and thinkers. Fellows will use residencies in Rochester to devote themselves to their creative work, accompanied by a few opportunities for public engagement. The University of Rochester is honored to sponsor one of those opportunities.


Sponsored by:
The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, The Center for Jewish Studies, and The Humanities Center

Category: Other Center Activities