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The Periodic Table: Primo Levi and the ‘Strenuous Clarity of the West’

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 (map)

Free event at the Jewish Community Library at 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy

Focusing on Primo Levi’s memoir The Periodic Table, Murray Baumgarten and Karen Antonelli will engage with the text, with each other, and with audience members in a lively discussion about this unique memoir and Levi’s place in Italian and Jewish literature.

Murray Baumgarten directs the program in Jewish Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he is distinguished professor of English and comparative literature. He is a founding member of the Venice Center for International Jewish Studies and has lectured extensively on Venice, the Jews, and Italian culture. His article “Primo Levi’s Periodic Art: Survival in Auschwitz and the Meaningfulness of Everyday Life” appeared in the book Resisting the Holocaust.

Born in Trieste and raised in Rome, Karen Antonelli earned her PhD in Italian literature at UCLA. Prior to moving to San Francisco, she taught Italian literature, and film for more than twenty years at UCLA Extension. She is currently on the teaching staff of the Museo Italo Americano and is the principal owner of the language program Italian with Antonelli.

Co-sponsored by the Academic Consortium of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica. 

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