The Toby and Herbert Stolzer Endowed Program
A Panel Discussion
Jerusalem is an extraordinary city where some of the western world’s most enduring ideas were developed. What might it look like to see Jerusalem, with its encounters between people of diverse faiths and cultures, as a city of the book? A distinguished panel will tell the story of the ancient city’s magnificence and strife through forays into the city’s most inaccessible holdings, including its significant Jewish archives, rare manuscripts in Christian and Islamic libraries, and the riches of its Armenian heritage. The program will illustrate how libraries and archives continue to play a vital role in preserving history and culture, and will highlight contemporary efforts to digitize and preserve endangered documents.
Benjamin Balint - Author of Kafka's Last Trial (Norton) and co-author with Merav Mack of Jerusalem: City of the Book (Yale). He has taught literature in the Bard College humanities program at Al-Quds University.
Father Columba Stewart - Executive Director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML), University Vice-President for Programs in Religion and Culture, and professor of Theology, Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.
Bedross Der Matossian - Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History in the Department of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Currently he is the vice-chair of the Department of History and the Associate Director of the Harris Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Nebraska. He is also the President of the Society for Armenian Studies.
Sponsor: Rutgers-New Brunswick Libraries, Center for Middle Easter Studies,The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life