Mark Gelber, a professor at Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev, will deliver “Kafka, Zionism, and the Trial in Tel Aviv,” on Wednesday, March 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at NYU Open House, 528 LaGuardia Place (between Bleecker and West 3rd). The lecture, sponsored by NYU’s Taub Center for Israel Studies, is free and open to the public. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.998.8981. Space is limited. Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).
A dispute over who has ownership of author Franz Kafka’s remaining letters, sketches, and personal belongings is currently before a court in Tel Aviv. The legal battle and the history of the collection were recounted last fall in a New York Times Magazine story, “Kafka’s Last Trial.”
Gelber, director of the Center for German Studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, has authored works that include Kafka, Zionism, and Beyond (2004) and “Kafka und zionistische Deutungen” (“Kafka and Zionist Interpretations”) in Kafka Handbuch (2008).
The Taub Center was established with a gift from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. The gift supports an endowed professorship and two graduate fellowships in Israel Studies, and funds lectures, seminars, scholarly colloquia at the Center, and other special programs for students, faculty, and the community. In addition to offering its own programming, the Taub Center works closely with NYU’s departments to create cross-disciplinary programming, serving to broaden NYU’s offerings in Judaic and Middle Eastern studies. For more, go to http://hebrewjudaic.as.nyu.edu/page/taub.