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RSVP to our Online Lecture, “The Philip Roth We Don’t Know: Sex, Race, and Autobiography”

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The Center for Jewish Civilization is pleased to invite you to our virtual lecture, “The Philip Roth We Don’t Know: Sex, Race, and Autobiography,” with Professor Jacques Berlinerblau. RSVP to our event here!

The Center for Jewish Civilization invites you to Professor and CJC Senior Advisor Jacques Berlinerblau’s lecture on the legacy of the late author, Philip Roth. Throughout our online event, Professor Berlinerblau will discuss his critical new perspective on Roth’s work in relation to auto-fiction, America’s racial reckonings, and the #MeToo movement. Join us for this critical discussion on sex, race, and autobiography.

Promo Code

In the lead up to our event, you may purchase a discounted copy of Professor Berlinerblau’s ‘The Philip Roth We Don’t Know: Sex, Race, and Autobiography’ from the University of Virginia Press’ website using the 30% discount code, 10ROTH. This promo is valid until March 15th: www.upress.virginia.edu/title/5393.

About the Speaker

Jacques Berlinerblau is the Rabbi Harold White Professor of Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Berlinerblau has published on a wide variety of issues ranging from secularism, to religion and politics, to Jewish-American fiction, to African-American and Jewish-American relations, to American higher education.

He has published thirty-five scholarly articles and thirteen books. The latter include: How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Secularism on the Edge (Palgrave; co-edited with Sarah Fainberg and Aurora Nou); Thumpin’ It: The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Today’s Presidential Politics (Westminster John Knox), The Secular Bible: Why Nonbelievers Must Take Religion Seriously (Cambridge University Press); and Heresy in the University: The Black Athena Controversy and the Responsibility of American Intellectuals (Rutgers University Press). His 2017 book was Campus Confidential: How College Works, or Doesn’t, for Professors, Parents, and Students (Melville House).

His most recent scholarly books include The Philip Roth We Don’t Know: Sex, Race and Autobiography (University of Virginia Press); Secularism: The Basics (Routledge); and Blacks and Jews in America: An Invitation to Dialogue (Georgetown University Press), which he co-authored with Professor Terrence Johnson.

Berlinerblau has written for, appeared on, or had his work discussed in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Salon, The Guardian, The New Republic, The Nation, NPR, Tablet, Commentary, The Forward, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Canadian Broadcast Network, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Al-Jazeera, PBS, MSNBC, CBS, CBC, TF1, AFP, and CNN.

About the Moderator:

Meital Orr is a literary critic with a doctorate in Modern Jewish Literature from Harvard University and an M.Phil. in Hebrew Literature from Columbia University. She is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Jewish Civilization and Hebrew Program Coordinator at Georgetown. Her areas of expertise are modern Jewish and Israeli literature and film in comparative context with the cultural productions of other nations in the 20th and 21st centuries. She has authored numerous articles and publications in these areas, including in the Forward, Shofar and Prooftexts. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript on the largely undocumented convergences between Israeli and Palestinian literature and film in the 21st century.


February 10
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm




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