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Liberal & Illiberal Arts

Abraham Socher

Chair: Mark Glanville

26/02/2023 3:30 pm
Kings Place, St Pancras Room

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How did Humphrey Bogart end up telling Lauren Bacall a Talmudic story in Key Largo and what does that have to do with Plato’s theory of recollection—or American Jewish assimilation? The answers can be found in the collection of witty, wise and whimsical essays (mostly Jewish, as the subheading says) from Abraham Socher. Subjects range from classic texts, Kafka and Rabbi Kook to yeshivas, Nabakov and a devasting account of the illiberal arts at work in Oberlin College, where he taught for 18 years. A rare UK event with the Jewish Review of Books editor.

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Abraham Socher


Abraham Socher is the founding editor of the Jewish Review of Books and a professor emeritus of Jewish Studies at Oberlin College. His co-edited edition of Solomon Maimon's Autobiography was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award last year.

Mark Glanville


After studying Classics at Oxford University and singing at the RNCM, Mark performed as Bass soloist for Opera North, Scottish Opera, Lisbon Opera, Israeli Opera, Opera Zuid, and in concert with Yehudi Menuhin, Daniele Gatti, Stanis?aw Skrowaczewski, David Willcocks. His ‘Yiddish Winterreise’ was performed at Kennedy Center, Leeds Lieder Festival, Purcell Room and recorded for Naxos. He returned to Kennedy Center 2016 for ‘Wandering Stars.’ ‘Citizen of Nowhere’, Mieczyslaw Weinberg songs, was performed at Purcell Room, Israeli Opera, Polin Museum Warsaw, released by Challenge in 2023. His memoir, ‘The Goldberg Variations’, was shortlisted for the Wingate Prize for Jewish Literature.  

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