Professor George Steiner, Extraordinary Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge
Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck College, University of London
May 17, 2012
In this lecture, entitled "Homelands," Professor Steiner argues that the history of the Jews and of Jewish identity has been characterized by radical inner tensions. These tensions, Professor Steiner suggests, oscillate between priest and prophet, the desert and the city, Zionism and the hopes and ideals of the Diaspora. The Shoah and its legacy have accentuated such divisions. Yet, Steiner argues, the opposing ideals are inextricably interwoven. Is it possible, he asks, to make any responsible conjectures to the future?
George Steiner is a Fellow of Churchill College, University of Cambridge. He has held professorships at Yale, Geneva, New York and Oxford and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1998. He is a renowned literary critic, essayist, novelist, scholar and teacher, having published more than 25 books. In his writing he explores comparative literature and the nature and power of language. A further biding concern has been the implication of the Shoah for our understanding of civilization and culture.
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