Zangwill 150: A Day of Celebration, Scholarship, and Theater, Feb. 9

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Join us for a celebration of the life and work of Israel Zangwill on the 150th anniversary of his birth. An influential writer of fiction and plays, an activist in the Zionist and Jewish Territorialist movements, as well as a fighter for women's rights, Zangwill was a true celebrity in his time.

11 AM • Israel Zangwill and the Jewish Future – 100 Years Ago

Israel Zangwill An Illustrated Overview, Professor Meri-Jane Rochelson (Panel Moderator)

Writing Memory, Performing History: Israel Zangwill and Modern Jewish Fiction, Professor Murray Baumgarten, University of California-Santa Cruz

Angolan Zion: Israel Zangwill’s Utopian Dream, Professor Adam Rovner, University of Denver

1 PM • Lunch

2 PM • A Staged Reading of Scenes from The Melting Pot, by Israel Zangwill (1908). Students from the FIU Theatre Department, directed by Professor Phillip Church, FIU.

Discussions with the audience will follow both the panel and the staged reading.

Sponsors: FIU Jewish Studies Initiative, FIU English Department, Vice Provost’s Office-Biscayne Bay Campus, Chasen Family Foundation, FIU Center for Humanities in an Urban Environment, Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, FIU Theatre Department, The Betsy-South Beach, Temple Sinai of North Dade and WPBT.

This event is free and open to the public but requires RSVP with the FIU English Department: 305-919-5857.