Readings followed by a book-signing followed by a reception
4:15 PM / Yale Divinity Bookstore (unless noted otherwise)
November 3 | monday
Jacqueline osherow poet
december 8 | Monday
robert altEr, biblical scholar and translator
5:15 pm | common room
The Lana Schwebel Memorial Lecture in Religion and Literature
april 2 | thursday
barbara brown taylor, sermonist and memoirist
4:15 PM | Great HALL
Jacqueline Osherow is the author of five books of poems, most recently The Hoopoe’s Crown from BOA Editions. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies. She is Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Utah.
Robert Alter is Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1967. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress, and is past president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics. He has twice been a Guggenheim Fellow, has been a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, and Old Dominion Fellow at Princeton University. He has written widely on the European novel from the eighteenth century to the present, on contemporary American fiction, and on modern Hebrew literature. He has also written extensively on literary aspects of the Bible. His twenty-two published books include two prize-winning volumes on biblical narrative and poetry and award-winning translations of Genesis and of the Five Books of Moses. He has devoted book-length studies to Fielding, Stendhal, and the self-reflexive tradition in the novel. Books by him have been translated into eight different languages. Among his publications over the past fifteen years are Necessary Angels: Tradition and Modernity in Kafka, Benjamin, and Scholem (1991), Genesis: Translation and Commentary (1996), The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel (1999), Canon and Creativity: Modern Writing and the Authority of Scripture (2000). and The Five Book of Moses: A Translation with Commentary (2004), Imagined Cites (2005), and The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary (2007).
His reading at Yale is the first Lana Schwebel Memorial Lecture in Religion and Literature.
Barbara Brown Taylor
An Episcopal priest since 1984, Barbara Brown Taylor now teaches religion at Piedmont College in rural northeast Georgia, where she holds the Harry R. Butman Chair in Religion and Philosophy. She also serves as adjunct professor of Christian spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Before becoming a full time teacher, Taylor spent fifteen years in parish ministry, first at All Saints Church in Atlanta and then at Grace-Calvary Church in Clarkesville, Georgia. In recent years, she has lectured on preaching at Yale, Princeton and Duke Universities, and has preached at churches across the country. A columnist for The Christian Century and sometime commentator on Georgia Public Broadcasting, she is the author of eleven books, including When God is Silent and Home By Another Way. Leaving Church, her first memoir, received the 2006 award for Best General Interest Book from the Association of Theological Booksellers, and a Georgia Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association in the category of creative nonfiction.
The 2008-2009 Literature and Spirituality Series is dedicated to the memory of Lana Schwebel.