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Exploration of Characters and Themes with Literary Scholar Dr. Phyllis Lassner
Exploration of Characters and Themes with Literary Scholar Dr. Phyllis LassnerThursday, November 20, 2014 6:30 pm
Spertus was again pleased to spearhead One Book | One Community, the Chicago Jewish Community's Jewish Book Month community initiative. This year's pick, David Laskin's acclaimed The Family is a story of hope, survival, and perseverance across the great sweep of the 20th century!
Exploration of Characters and Themes
We invited you to join us for an exciting discussion of The Family led by literary scholar Dr. Phyllis Lassner, professor of Writing and Jewish Studies at Northwestern University. This discussion was perfect for those who have read the book and want to explore its themes, motifs, and characters in greater depth.
Dr. Phyllis Lassner, a professor in the Crown Center for Jewish Studies at Northwestern University, is an expert on historical memoirs and on literature about the Holocaust. Join her for an exploration of The Family’s characters and themes, as well as the ways David Laskin brings his ancestors’ intertwining stories to life.
One Book | One Community is the Chicago Jewish community's celebration of Jewish Book Month. Each year, a single book is selected as the focus of a series of activities and resources. See the sidebar at the right for programs taking place all around the Chicago area.
"a vivid, utterly compelling exploration of the forces that shaped modern history"
—Bestselling author Stephen Greenblatt
"[a] family chronicle with all of the depth
and detail of a great novel”
— Jewish Journal
This year's winning book is David Laskin’s The Family, a fascinating memoir that follows the author’s amazing ancestors across the tumultuous sweep of the twentieth century. The Family was named a best book of the year by the Seattle Times, Kirkus Review, and the New York Public Library.
Enjoy this special Spertus interview with author David Laskin in which he describes the many surprises he encountered while compiling research for his book, his techniques for bringing his family’s history to life, and the importance of reconnecting with the past. MORE>