Writer in Residence

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The Schusterman Center hosts Israeli authors who give lectures and workshops, and meet with students and faculty on campus. 

March 8-10, 2010

Sayed Kashua -  Author, Columnist, Screenwriter

Sayed Kashua

Celebrated author, columnist and screenwriter Sayed Kashua was invited to campus to share his body of work with several Brandeis classes. The wider Brandeis community and general public enjoyed the screening of the "Passover" episode of his hit series Arab Labor at Wasserman Cinematheque. The show, based on his satirical weekly column in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, is among the top 10 most popular shows on Israeli TV, filmed in Arabic and Hebrew and boasting a mostly Arab cast.

After the screening, he answered questions from the audience as well as conducting a book signing.
To hear an audiocast of Arab Labor screening and Q&A, click here.




September 22-25, 2008

Israeli author Ronit Matalon

September 24, 2009
Lecture and Book Signing
5:00 p.m. Lurias

Ronit MatalonMatalon gave other lectures in English and Hebrew to classes on campus.

Ronit Matalon was born into a family of Egyptian-Jewish descent in 1959 and studied literature and philosophy at Tel Aviv University. Matalon has worked as a journalist for Israel TV, and for the daily Ha`aretz (covering Gaza and the West Bank during the 1st Intifada). More recently, she has been a critic and book reviewer for Ha`aretz, and has taught at the Camera Obscura Academy for the Arts in Tel Aviv.

Matalon is a member of the Art and Culture Council of the Ministry of Education, and the Forum for Mediterranean Culture at the Van Leer Institute. She has published two novels, one book of short stories, a collection of essays and a book for children. A Story that Begins with a Snake`s Funeral has been made into a film.


October 27-28, 2008

Israeli Author and Filmmaker Etgar Keret

Monday, October 27, 2008
7:00-9:00 pm
Film Screening Jellyfish
Wasserman Cinemateque

Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Meet the Author Lecture & Book Signing
4:00pm International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

Etgar KeretEtgar Keret is internationally acclaimed for his short stories. His book, The Nimrod Flip-Out, which was published in 2006, is a collection of 32 short stories that captures the craziness of life in Israel today. His books are bestsellers in Israel, and have been published in 22 languages. As a filmmaker, Keret is the writer of several feature screenplays, including Skin Deep (1996), which won First Prize at several international film festivals and was awarded the Israeli Oscar. Keret is a lecturer in the film department of Tel Aviv University. At Brandeis, he presented a creative writing workshop, visited a Hebrew language class, delivered a public lecture and presented his prize-winning film Jellyfish.