On September 15 the Comparative Literature Department hosted its first Symposium on Literature and Exile, which featured two panels and a reading. The Symposium was sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.
The first panel featured three UGA faculty: Charles Byrd (Germanic and Slavic) discussed the theme of exile in Vladimir Nabokov's The Gift and Lolita; LeAnne Howe (English) the dispossession of contemporary Native Americans; and Esra Santesso (English) the work of contemporary Muslim writers in Britain. The Second Panel features two expatriate Israeli novelists, Maya Arad and Ruby Namdar, as well as translator/editor Hanan Elstein. The three discussed their work and examined the current condition of Hebrew literature in the Diaspora.
Maya Arad and Ruby Namdar read from their work at Congregation Children of Israel, which was followed by an animated conversation on Israeli politics and literature.