Join Berel Lang, author of the new biography of Primo Levi, published by Yale University Press, along with Jewish and Holocaust studies academics, Steven Zipperstein and Nancy Harrowitz as they discuss the life, work, and world-view of the world-renowned author and Holocaust survivor.
Berel Lang is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, State University of New York, Albany. In addition to the Primo Levi biography, he is the author or editor of twenty-one books, including Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide, The Concept of Style, and, most recently, Philosophical Witnessing: The Holocaust as Presence.
Nancy Harrowitz teaches Italian literature and Holocaust studies at Boston University. She has published widely on antisemitism and gender in the modern period, including Antisemitism, Misogyny and the Logic of Cultural Difference: Matilde Serao and Cesare Lombroso, an edited collection, Tainted Greatness: Antisemitism and Cultural Heroes, and has co-edited Jews and Gender: Responses to Otto Weininger. Her most recent work includes articles on Primo Levi, Giorgio Bassani, and Carlo Levi, and she is currently finishing a book entitled Primo Levi and the Identity of a Survivor.
Steven J. Zipperstein is Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University. He has published widely and his award-winning books include Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha'am and the Origins of Zionism, and Rosenfeld's Lives: Fame, Oblivion and the Furies of Writing. He is series editor, together with Anita Shapira Yale University of Leon D. Black Foundation's Jewish Lives which expects to publish 100 titles. Zipperstein is currently writing a cultural history of Russian Jewry at the turn of the 20th century, and will be the Kronhil senior scholar in residence at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research this spring.