YU conference to mark anniversary of S.Y. Agnon’s Nobel Prize
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YU conference to mark anniversary of S.Y. Agnon’s Nobel Prize

S.Y. Agnon receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1966. (Courtesy YU)
S.Y. Agnon receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1966. (Courtesy YU)

The Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies will host a conference on the work and influence of Nobel Prize-winning Israeli author S.Y. Agnon. The all-day conference, which will mark the 50th anniversary of his award, will be called “Agnon’s Stories of the Land of Israel: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of S.Y. Agnon’s Nobel Prize” and is set for Monday, October 31, beginning at 9:30 a.m., on the university’s Wilf Campus in Furst Hall, Room 535, 500 West 185th St., in Manhattan.

Co-sponsored by Agnon House Jerusalem and the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, the conference was convened by Rabbi Shalom Carmy, an assistant professor of Bible and Jewish philosophy, and Rabbi Jeffrey Saks, an Agnon scholar and the director of the Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions. Other speakers at the conference will include Dr. Zafrira Livodsky-Cohen, professor of Hebrew and director of Hebrew language and literature; Dr. Steven Fine, the Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History and director of the Center for Israel Studies at YU; Dr. Avraham Holtz, Simon H. Fabian Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary; Alan Mintz, Chana Kekst Professor of Hebrew literature at JTS; and Dr. Wendy Zierler, Sigmund Falk Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

The conference is organized by the Center for Israel Studies and its Joseph and Faye Glatt Program on Israel and the Rule of Law. For information, go to yu.edu/cis/activities/conferences.

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