Monday, February 27, 2017
7 PM at Congregation Or Tzion map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)
In an increasingly fractured social context, people of different faith traditions can find surprising echoes of their own concerns in the writings of the Other. Twentieth-century Christian poets approach a wide range of theological issues, many of which speak powerfully to concerns within the Jewish community. The genre of poetry captures these themes especially well because of its concision, depth, and often intimate expression. This talk will explore a range of twentieth-century Christian voices, each offering its own perspective on juxtaposing faith and modernity and on being a person of a faith in a complex, difficult, beautiful world.
Gillian Steinberg teaches English at SAR High School. Until 2015, she directed the Writing Program at Yeshiva College and was Associate Professor of English at Yeshiva University. She specializes in 20th-century British poetry, especially focusing on modern poetry’s explorations of death and Christian faith. She has published two books, Philip Larkin and His Audiences (2010) and Thomas Hardy: The Poems (2013), both from Palgrave Macmillan, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She leads the Poem of the Month program for the international Thomas Hardy Association, was twice named “Professor of the Year” at Yeshiva College by its students, and serves as vice president of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale.