Annual Effron Lecture Explores “The Jewish Book in its Historical Contexts”

Julia Fishman

Harvard scholar David Stern will deliver this year’s lecture.


October 31, 2019—Harvard scholar David Stern will deliver the 43rd annual William and Sadie Effron Lecture in Jewish Studies at Marist College on Monday, November 11, 7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Nelly Goletti Theatre of the Murray Student Center.

Stern’s talk, “Through the Pages of the Past: The Jewish Book in its Historical Contexts,” will draw from his extensive scholarly work in Jewish literature. Stern is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Jewish Bible: A Material History, for which he received the prestigious 2018 Jordan Schnitzer Award for the Best Book in Jews and the Arts from the Association for Jewish Studies. 

Stern is the Harry Starr Professor of Classical and Modern Hebrew and Jewish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and also serves as the Director of Harvard’s Center for Jewish Studies. His most recent book is Jewish Literary Cultures: Volume 2, The Medieval and Early Modern Periods. He has also been a visiting professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Princeton University, the University of Washington, and Nanjing University.   

For additional information, call (845) 575-3000 x2293.


About the William and Sadie Effron Lecture in Jewish Studies

William and Sadie Effron were longtime civic and cultural leaders in the Poughkeepsie community. The lecture series was established in 1976 to raise awareness at Marist College and in the community of Jewish history, culture and current affairs.

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