Mikhail Iampolski to Lecture on Anti-SemitismOn Thursday, Nov. 6, Mikhail Iampolski will present “The Invention of Franz Kafka: Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt’s Response to Anti-Semitism” at 7 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 6.
The lecture is the second in a yearlong series on anti-Semitism sponsored by the Bronfman Advisory Committee-Wiener Lecture Fund, the Gaudino Fund, and the Jewish Studies Program.
Iampolski is an associate professor of comparative literature at New York University. He specializes in Russian and Slavic studies, with an emphasis on the theory of visual representation.
His most recent publication, “The Memory of Tiresias: Intertextuality and Film,” examines films by D.W. Griffith, Sergei Eisenstein and Luis Bunuel. His other works include “Visible World” (1993), “Daemon and Labyrinth” (1996), and “Amnesia as a Source” (1997).
He received his B.A. in 1971 from the Moscow Pedagogical Institute, and then went on to earn his Ph.D. in 1977 from the Russian Academy of Pedagogical Sciences.
The next speaker in the series, William G. Dever, will present a lecture, “The Age of Solomon: Biblical Revisionism, Archaeology, and Anti-Semitism” on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in Biology 112. Dever’s talk will play off his years of experience as an archaeologist in Israel and Jordan, where he did fieldwork at Gezer, Beth-shan Valley, and sites on the West Bank.
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