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Discussion Series on Modern Jewish Classics University News
For release: September 1, 2009

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Dr. David Patterson
Dr. David Patterson
The University of Memphis will host a four-part public series of readings and discussions of Jewish literature this fall.

The series will be led by Dr. David Patterson, holder of the Chair of Excellence in Judaic Studies and director of the Bornblum Judaic Studies Program at the U of M. The sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 226 of the Ned R. McWherter Library on the U of M campus. The dates are Sept. 2, Oct. 14, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2.

The free series will explore Jewish literature and culture through scholar-led discussion of modern Jewish classics. Books to be read and discussed include Ethics of Our Fathers by Pirke Avot, Hasidic Tales from the Greatest Jewish Stories Ever Told by David Patterson, I and Thou by Martin Buber, and Night by Elie Wiesel.

While it makes for a richer discussion to read the works in advance of the sessions, those who have not done so are welcome to attend. The U of M Bookstore will stock the titles, and a copy of each will be on reserve in the McWherter Library’s Reserve Room.

Parking will be available at the U of M’s two parking garages – one adjacent to the Fogelman Executive Center on Innovation Drive, just off Central Avenue, and another located at 505 Zach Curlin Street.

Sponsors of the series are the University Libraries, the Friends of the Libraries, and the Bornblum Judaic Studies Program.

More information is available from Patterson at 901-678-2919 or Tom Mendina at 901-678-4310.

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