Ashkenazi Pronunciation Workshop in Hebrew

Location: Yale University

Date: 05/20/2008

The Ashkenazi pronunciation workshop is a joint project of Stanford University and Bar Ilan University. The participants include professors of Hebrew Literature from universities in Israel and the US. The workshop will be led by Benjamin Harshav, Professor of Comparative Literature, Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature, and Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University and Professor Emeritus of Literary Theory and Poetics, Tel Aviv University. The workshop will take place at Bar Ilan on May, 20th 2008, it is not open to the public but will be recorded and available online this summer (click here for video). We hope that the workshop and the material posted on this website will help preserve and promote the study of the Ashkenazi pronunciation. We thank the Rena Costa Center for Yiddish Studies, the Taube Center for Jewish Studies and the Koret Foundation for their support.

Link: http://web.stanford.edu/class/hebrew/events/pronunciation_workshop/index.html

Participants: Dr. Rachel Albeck Gidron, Bar Ilan University, Israel; Dr. Vered Karti Shemtov, Stanford University, California



NAPH conference on Hebrew Language and Literature

Location: Stanford University

Date: 06/19/2005

We were honored to host the 2005 NAPH conference on Hebrew Language and Literature at Stanford University. This event is sponsored by The Taube Center for Jewish Studies and The Stanford Language Center. The conference is part of the Language Center’s participation in celebrating the International Year of Language.

The NAPH conferences are an ongoing forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge,
and information related to the study and teaching of Hebrew language and literature.

The 2005 sessions will be devoted to the following topics:


Hebrew language and linguistics
Teaching Hebrew language and linguistics
Modern Hebrew literature
Teaching Hebrew literature
Biblical and post-biblical language and literature
Impact of research on teaching
Hebrew Culture
Culture in the Hebrew classroom
Introducing technology to the Hebrew classroom

Participants: Vered Shemtov (Stanford University); Edna Amir Coffin (University of Michigan); Yigal Schwartz (Ben Gurion University)



Hebrew Poetry in Cultural Context

Location: Stanford University

Date: 03/28/2007

On March 28-29, 2007 we held a workshop/conference devoted to “Hebrew Poetry in Cultural Context.” Among the issues the conference will evaluate are poetic structures and themes in their relations to ideology, memory and history, space, gender and ethnicity. We welcome any other discussions which focus on interesting intersections between text and cultural context in Hebrew poetry. We invited to this conference a very small group of speakers. The sessions will be planned with ample time for discussion and debate. While we would like the papers to be presented in English, the discussions could be in Hebrew or English.

Sponsors: Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Hebrew Literature project in the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, Stanford Language Center and the Department of Comparative Literature

Link: http://web.stanford.edu/class/hebrew/events/conference2007/index.html

Participants: Amir Eshel (German Studies), Vered Shemtov (Hebrew)



A Stanford/Ben Gurion Conference in Honor of Sami Michael

Date: 09/07/2007

Link: http://web.stanford.edu/class/hebrew/events/conference2007_sami/index.html

Participants: Vered Shemtov (Stanford University), Yigal Schwartz (Heksherim and Ben Gurion University of the Negev), Batya Shimoni (Ben Gurion University) and Nitza Ben Dov (Haifa University).



The Reception of David Grossman and Hebrew literature in Europe and the US

Location: Venice, Italy

Date: 03/14/2011

On March 14-16, 2011: The conference is a collaboration between Stanford University (California) and Ca’ Foscari University (Venice). The goal of this conference is to bring together scholars, literary editors, publishers and translators of Hebrew literature. The first day of the conference will be focused on David Grossman’s latest novel and the second day will be devoted to new emerging voices in Hebrew literature.

Link: http://web.stanford.edu/class/hebrew/events/conference2011_venice/index.html

Participants: Emanuela Trevisan Semi (Ca’Foscari University); Vered Karti Shemtov (Stanford University); Amir Eshel (Stanford University)



History and Responsibility: Hebrew Literature and 1948

Location: Stanford University

Date: 06/13/2011

In recent decades, the events of 1948 and the question of their moral and political significance have drawn renewed attention from several quarters of Israeli culture. After long years of ruling consensus regarding the factual record and the import of 1948, it now seems as if no concept in Israeli discourse is more fraught with controversy. Indeed, 1948 has become a shibboleth, redrawing the lines of conflict and affiliation within Intellectual circles and academic disciplines as well as in the national political arena. In literature too interest in this period has never been livelier: Yoram Kanyuk, Amos Oz, Nurith Gertz, Meir Shalev, Eshkol Nevo, Michal Govrin (among others) have all published novels and memoirs in recent years that return, each in its own way, to that fateful time and reflect on its consequences.

The goal of our two-day conference is to discuss the resurgence of 1948 in contemporary discourse and examine its significance in the context of Hebrew literature. We will look at the role 1948 has played in prose and verse and discuss the host of aesthetic and moral issues that arise out of attempts to deal with this history. Focusing on questions of memory and responsibility, we will explore the challenges and dangers that attend to the imaginative reconstruction of the past, as well as the promises it may hold.

Participants: Hannan Hever (Hebrew University Amir Eshel); Vered Karti Shemtov (Stanford University); Nir Evron (Stanford University)



Rethinking the Representation of Speech in Hebrew and Comparative Literature

Location: Stanford University

Date: 02/25/2016

Sponsored by Hebrew@Stanford



The Long Poem in Hebrew and Comparative Literature

Location: Columbia Unviversity

Date: 10/13/2016



Prophetic Imaginings: Aesthetics, Ethics, Hermeneutics

Location: Stanford University

Date: 05/09/2016

A special international conference focusing on Prophesy in Hebrew texts and beyond which will take place at Stanford May 9-10, 2016. Speakers include Robert Alter (UC Berkeley), Galit Hasan-Rokem (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), Vivian Liska (U of Antwerp, Belgium), and Galili Shahar (Tel-Aviv University). Sponsored by Amir Eshel, Comparative Literature together with Ilana Pardes (Hebrew U and Russell Berman (Stanford).