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Remembering Philip Roth: An American Literary Legend Tomorrow

Posted 09/24/2018
Submitted by Avinoam Patt
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements
Aimee Pozorski and Philip Roth at his 80th Birthday Celebration

Aimee Pozorski and Philip Roth at his 80th Birthday Celebration

On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at 7:00 PM the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies will host an academic tribute to the great American writer, Philip Roth, who passed away in May 2018 at the age of 85. The program will take place in The Millie and Irving Bercowetz Research Library in the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, Harry Jack Gray Center E300 and is free and open to the public.

Prof. Avinoam Patt, co-director of the Greenberg Center, will moderate a discussion by Aimee Pozorski, Professor of English, Central Connecticut State University, and (former) President of the Philip Roth Society and  Joshua Lambert, Academic Director, Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Mass. 

Aimee Pozorski holds a Ph.D. in English from Emory University (2003) where she also earned a certificate in psychoanalytic studies. She has authored Roth and Trauma: The Problem of History in the Later Works (Continuum), Falling After 9/11: Crisis in American Art and Literature (Bloomsbury) and is completing a third trauma monograph entitled AIDS-Trauma and Politics (Lexington).  She has edited or co edited numerous volumes on the topics of Philip Roth, American Modernism, and HIV/AIDS representation. She is co-executive editor, Philip Roth Studies (with Maren Scheurer, effective Fall 2018) and editor of Roth After 80: Philip Roth and the American Literary Imagination (with David Gooblar), Critical Insights: Philip Roth and Roth and Celebrity.

 Her areas of expertise include contemporary American literature, trans-Atlantic modernism, theories of trauma and ethics, and narrative medicine. She is Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, where she also directs the English graduate program and co directs American Studies. 

Josh Lambert is the academic director at the Yiddish Book Center and visiting assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture, which won a Canadian Jewish Book Award and the Jordan Schnitzer Award from the Association for Jewish Studies, and American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide.

His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in Cinema Journal, modernism/modernityContemporary LiteratureThe Jewish Graphic NovelChoosing Yiddish, and the Cambridge History of Jewish American Literature, and he co-edited a special issue of MELUS on “The Future of American Jewish Literary Scholarship” in 2012. His reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Haaretz, the Forward, the Globe and Mail, and many academic journals. 

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Aimee Pozorski and Philip Roth at his 80th Birthday Celebration

Aimee Pozorski and Philip Roth at his 80th Birthday Celebration