Author Shachar Pinsker, University of Michigan associate professor of Hebrew literature and culture, will give the first Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Lecture at 2 p.m., and a 3:30 p.m. reception will feature live music. The downtown events will be at UofL’s Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E. Main St.

Although the event is free, reservations are requested at or by calling 502-852-6842. Adjacent garage parking is $4 and street parking is available.

Pinsker will talk about how the café culture of Odessa, Vienna, Tel Aviv and other cities shaped Jewish arts and ideas of the early 20th century. His book “Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe” won a Jordan Schnitzer Award from the Association for Jewish Studies in 2011.

Event sponsors are the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence and UofL’s fine arts department and humanities division.

For more information, contact Shelley Salamensky at 502-852-0457 or

Judy Hughes
Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.