“For God's Sake, Who is Alterman?” This question will be approached by Dan Laor, who will share his experience as the biographer of Nathan Alterman, long recognized as the national poet of modern Israel. Dan Laor is Visiting Professor of Israel Studies at the Divinity School. He teaches Modern Hebrew Literature and is the incumbent of the Jacob and Shoshana Schreiber Chair for Contemporary Jewish Culture, Tel Aviv University. Former Chairman of the Department of Hebrew Literature and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Laor is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, among them the prize-winning biography of S.Y. Agnon, Israel's Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature for the year 1966.
Laor's recent book is Nathan Alterman, A Biography (Hebrew), published on November 2013. It has been on Israel's best-seller list for nonfiction for over three months.
Wednesday Lunch is a Divinity School tradition started many decades ago. At noon on Wednesdays when the quarter is in session a delicious vegetarian meal is made in the Swift Hall kitchen by our student chefs and lunch crew. Once the three-course meal has reached dessert each week there is a talk by a faculty member or student from throughout the University, a community member from the greater Chicago area, or a guest from a wider distance.
Recorded in Swift Hall on April 23, 2014.