Jewish Literature Live: Spring 2013

This spring the English department is happy to have ENGL 3810:12 Jewish Literature Live once again! The class is an innovative, hands-on experience where students read and then meet authors and ask them questions about their work. In the past, the class has hosted Erica Jong, author of the break-through novel Fear of Flying, as well as Nicole Krauss, who wrote The History of Love and was one of The New Yorker‘s “20 under 40” fiction writers.

Professor Faye Moskowitz with author Michael Chabon in Spring 2009

Professor Faye Moskowitz will be teaching the class next semester. Professor Moskowitz is an experienced writer whose novel, And the Bridge is Love, was recently republished by the Feminist Press. She has taught the class from its inception and is thrilled to begin the program next semester.

Jewish Literature Live is proud to release their roster of distinguished guests and the novels, stories, and plays they will be discussing this Spring:

January 24, 2013: Lisa Zeidner (Love Bomb)
February, 7. 2013: Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins)
February 21, 2013: Bruce Jay Friedman (A Mother’s Kisses)
March 19, 2013: David Bezmozgis (Natasha: and Other Stories)
April 9th, 2013: Tony Kushner ( Angels in America)
April 25th, 2013: Nathan Englander (What we Talk About when we Talk About Anne Frank: Stories)

Each visit will involve an in-class discussion as well as a night reading, which everyone is invited to. To stay updated follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

In conjunction with Tony Kushner’s visit, a series of events will take place from December 2012 until April 2013.  These will include performances of scenes from his work by students in Theater and Dance, lectures by English professors, screenings of films connected to the AIDS crisis, and discussions of some of his plays.  Watch this blog for more information soon on the full extent of Kushner-related English Department events.

Professor Moskowitz will have two assistants this upcoming spring: Justin Solar and Samantha Yakas.

Justin Solar

Justin is a Junior from the suburbs of Philadelphia majoring in Communication and minoring in Judaic Studies. A seasoned Jewish Literature Live student, he describes the class as “a truly #onlyatGW class and experience, something that I looked forward to each week and found myself “kvelling” about it to everyone that I know! Looking forward to seeing people from all majors, minors and concentrations in class!”

Samantha Yakas

Samantha is a Junior majoring in English and Women Studies with a minor in Creative Writing. Another old hand at Jewish Lit Live, she is excited to work alongside Professor Moskowitz, whom she has had as a professor for three consecutive semesters. She found the class to be an amazing opportunity and she can’t wait to see the program grow in the future.

Samantha is also Communications Liaison for the English Department in 2012-2013, and thus a frequent contributor to this blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

The class will run Tuesday/Thursday at 12:45 and can be found under Selected Topics in Literature.

If you are interested and have any problems with registration or are wait-listed for the class please contact Samantha and Justin at

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