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Jewish Literature Live! 2014 Finale Features Fran Lebowitz

April 18, 2014

Jewish Literature Live! 2014 ended on a high note with a spectacular event featuring quintessential New Yorker Fran Lebowitz.

Professor Faye Moskowitz, who teaches the course noted, “The thoughtful and enthusiastic responses to Fran Lebowitz’s visit from my students assures us of another highly successful semester of Jewish Literature Live. From Dara Horn’s intellectually challenging Guide to the Perplexed to Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni to Anouk Markovitz’ balanced novel of leaving the ultra-orthodox community to Claudia Pierpont’s bio of Philip Roth to all we learned about the transgender community vis-a-vis Judaism from Joy Ladin to Lebowitz’ healthy iconoclasm, professor, students and adult auditors had a singular and edifying experience this semester.”

The reading, sponsored by the George Washington University program in Judaic Studies and the Department of English, took place on April 17, 2014 at the Jack Morton Auditorium.

Jewish Literature Live! is a unique college course taught by English Professor Faye Moskowitz at George Washington University in Washington, DC. The annual spring class allows students to read the works of a series of living Jewish authors, and then have the opportunity to interact with them in an intimate, engaging, collegiate setting. The course, the only one of its kind in the country, is also accompanied by public lectures or readings by established and emerging authors.

Guest Speakers include emerging leaders, National Humanities Award Recipients, international bestsellers, and UN-Award Winning Writers including Michael Chabon, E.L. Doctorow, Nicole Krauss, Tony Kushner and Erica Jong.

David Bruce Smith, a graduate and trustee of George Washington University, established the course in 2009.