The author of "Israel and America: Two Zion?" will discuss his book and views.
When: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Congregation B'nai B'rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd. , Santa Barbara
Age limit: Not available
Leon Wieseltier, noted writer, critic, and literary editor of The New Republic, is the author of Kaddish (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, Against Identity (1996), and Nuclear War, Nuclear Peace (1983). He has also written influential essays spanning a broad range of topics that include culture, politics, religion, foreign policy, national security policy, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Middle East, humanitarian intervention, and contemporary genocide—and that have been widely published in the United States and abroad. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including Israel’s prestigious Dan David Prize in 2013 for being “a foremost writer and thinker who confronts and engages with the central issues of our times, setting the standard for serious cultural discussion in the United States.”
Wieseltier was educated at Columbia and Oxford, where he studied with Isaiah Berlin; he did advanced work on Jewish history and thought at Harvard. In 1979 he became a member of Harvard’s Society of Fellows—an institution created to push back against the excessive specialization of the academy—and in 1983 he was appointed to the editorial position he has held for 30 years.
Wieseltier served as one of two keynote speakers at an international conference on “Zionism in the 21st Century: Contemporary Perspectives From and About Israel” that brought together 100 scholars from around the world on Feb. 17 and 18, 2013 at Brandeis University. His lecture entitled “Israel and America: Two Zions?” expands upon the impassioned remarks he made on that occasion.
Event posted Nov. 7, 2013
Last updated Nov. 7, 2013