Dr. Leslie Morris will give the annual Goldstein Lecture at Morningside College at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Yockey Family Community Room in the Olsen Student Center.
Dr. Leslie Morris will give the annual Goldstein Lecture at Morningside College at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Yockey Family Community Room in the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Ave.
Her talk will focus on “Jewish Berlin: Textual/Digital/Sacred/Provisional.” The event is free and open to the public.
Morris will offer a tour of Jewish Berlin that moves past the usual sites of memory to consider recent site-specific public art projects that address traces of Jewish history in contemporary Germany. These art projects engage with the debates about Jewish memory and Jewish spaces in Germany today, and suggest the complex re-patternings and remediations of Jewish memory and culture in Berlin.
Morris is co-editor of “Contemporary Jewish Writing in Germany” and “Unlikely History: The Changing German-Jewish Symbiosis.” She has written numerous articles on the poetics of memory, the Jewish diaspora, the Czernowitz Synagogue, German-Jewish studies, translation and Jewish text, Jewish body art, and acoustic memory of the Holocaust. She is completing a book titled “The Translated Jew: Jewish Writing Outside the Margins” and is co-editing a volume of essays, “Three-Way Street: Germans, Jews, and the Transnational.”
Morris served from 2002 to 2009 as founding director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota, where she serves an associate professor of German. She also served from 2011 to 2013 as vice president of publications for the Association for Jewish Studies.
The Goldstein Lecture is co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom and the Jewish Federation of Sioux City. Morris’ lecture at Morningside is coordinated through the Association for Jewish Studies Distinguished Lectureship Program based in New York City.