Literary Responses to Mass Violence

Brandeis University
September 16-18, 2003
Hassenfeld Conference Center

Writers and scholars read from their works and considered theoretical models for understanding literary responses to mass violence.

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Literary Responses to Mass Violence Taha Muhammad Ali, Israel: Never Mind: Twenty Poems and a Story

Boubacar Boris Diop, Senegal: Murambi

Antjie Krog, South Africa: Country of My Skull

Peter Dale Scott, Canada/United States:
Coming to Jakarta: A Poem about Terror

Rachel Talshir, Israel: Love Macht Frei

Participant Biographies

Sponsors
Brandeis University
- International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
- Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry
- Department of English and American Literature

Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
- "Heksherim"— The Research Center for Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture

With generous support of
Helmsley Public Lecture Funds
The Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences
The Abba Eban Fund

And the cooperation of
Facing History and Ourselves


Provisional Program

Tuesday, September 16
7:30 p.m.
Literary Readings and Discussion I:
Responding to Political Violence
and National Catastrophe:
Reading and Discussion
Moderator: Mark Sanders, Brandeis University
Participants: Peter Dale Scott, UC Berkeley
Taha Muhammad Ali, Israel
   
Wednesday, September 17
9:00-11:30 a.m.
Session I:
Literature and Testimony
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jane Hale, Brandeis University
Participants: Peter Dale Scott, UC Berkeley
Ilana Rosen, Ben Gurion University
David Kazanjian, Queens College
   
1:30-4:00 p.m.
Session II:
Nations, Populations, and Language
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Leigh Swigart, Brandeis University
Participants: Antjie Krog, South Africa
Eric Cheyfitz, Cornell University
Taha Muhammad Ali, Israel
Mark Sanders, Bandeis University
   
7:30 p.m.
Literary Readings and Discussion II:
Responding to Political Violence
and National Catastrophe:
Reading and Discussion
Moderator: Christopher Lydon
Participants: Boris Diop, Senegal
Rachel Talshir, Israel
Antjie Krog, South Africa
   
Thursday, September 18
9:00-11:30 a.m.
Session III:
Finding Words in an Age of Violence
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Faith Smith, Brandeis University
Participants: Boris Diop, Senegal
Rachel Talshir, Israel
William Flesch, Brandeis University
Yigal Schwartz, Ben Gurion University
   
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Luncheon and Closing Remarks
Closing remarks
Eugene Goodheart, Brandeis University