JCCSF Podcasts -

Archive for November, 2008

Bernard-Henri Levy

Levy is a French public intellectual and journalist. One of the leaders of the Nouvelle Philosophie movement in 1976, Levy was one of the first French intellectuals to call for intervention in Bosnia in the 1990s, and spoke out early about Serbian concentration camps before co-founding an Institute on Levinassian Studies at Jerusalem.

Francine Prose

Prose is an American novelist and president of PEN American Center. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1968, received a Guggenheim fellowship and has sat on the board of judges for the PEN/Newman’s Own Award. Her novel Blue Angel, a satire about sexual harassment on college campuses, was a finalist for the National Book Award.


Tribute to Grace Paley

Maxine Hong Kingston, Chana Block and Susan Griffin celebrate the life of Grace Paley, whose generous spirit animated her writing, as well as her deep engagement with social and political issues. Whether fighting for equal rights for women or protesting American foreign policy, Grace was a tireless defender of free expression and human rights. Her compassion and vitality animated her poetry and short stories, making her one of America’s most influential and beloved writers.

Moshe Idel

A prominent Kabbalah scholar, Moshe Idel discusses the role of magic in Jewish mysticism, the use of amulets and incantations, and the persistence of the Jewish magical tradition in contemporary Israeli society. In conversation with Nathaniel Deutsch of UC Santa Cruz.