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  1. A Mind of Her Own: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World

    “I carried her in my arms,” Tevye sighs as another daughter goes her own way—and so begins a modern literary tradition of Jewish fathers and daughters who get carried away with politics, money, sex, religion, and, above all, one another. This theme is par ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 15:21 - Programming & Exhibitions

  2. Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination

    These five tales, which are as much about bodies—the enchanting, the ailing, the monstrous—as about spirits, leave the reader wondering: Which is stranger, the supernatural world or our own? This theme is part of the Jewish Literature—Identity and Imagina ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 15:19 - Programming & Exhibitions

  3. Between Two Worlds: Stories of Estrangement and Homecoming

    Writers from Egypt, Brazil, Poland and the United States take up the central theme of Exodus, exploring questions of home and away and what it means to belong. This theme is part of the Jewish Literature—Identity and Imagination series, which is an explor ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 15:58 - Programming & Exhibitions

  4. Isabella's Sisters: Women Creating Worlds

    In these fascinating memoirs and biographies, women create worlds, both real and fictional. Each book is a detailed portrait of a strong, influential woman, a woman capable of changing the course of history, art, culture, or politics. Book List Isabella o ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 15:15 - Programming & Exhibitions

  5. Individual Rights and Community in America

    Under the banner of “I’ve got my rights” Americans have forged a government and established a way of life unparalleled in history. The “American Way” celebrates the supremacy of individual rights over the idea of community. But does this promote selfishne ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 15:13 - Programming & Exhibitions

  6. Family: The Way We Were, The Way We Are: Seasons in the Contemporary American Family

    For every human being, family life encompasses enduring seasons that form a cycle: growing up, breaking away or breaking down, making choices, looking back, surviving. Such categories may have little to do with age, economic status, or geographical locati ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 15:10 - Programming & Exhibitions

  7. Exploring the West... Whose West?

    The American West no longer offers one story, but many. The record of the interactions between the very different peoples who produced today’s West offers us a more honest creation myth, a story truly shared. Book List Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Pas ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 15:07 - Programming & Exhibitions

  8. End of the World or World Without End: Readings for the Millennium

    The year 2000 A.D. was entered with a mixture of fear and hope. For five centuries, people in Europe and then the Americas looked to this year as an ultimatum or culmination. Texts ranging from science fiction to fantasy and poetry explored such questions ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 15:01 - Programming & Exhibitions

  9. The End of Life: Conversations on Death and Dying for Contemporary Americans

    The works in this series offer wide-ranging explorations of death and dying and the challenges of end of life care. They raise many important questions: What wishes regarding dying must we as a society struggle to better hear? How can these wishes be sati ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 15:06 - Programming & Exhibitions

  10. Destruction or Redemption: Images of Romantic Love

    Such a transcendent force as romantic love can have great power to destroy or redeem, and this ambiguity is a central theme in these five novels. Perhaps the most basic aspect of this kind of love is its potential to transform us in some way, however brie ...

    SOAKLEY - 04/18/2016 - 14:59 - Programming & Exhibitions