Award-winning Author to Present Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute Lecture


     Dara Horn, Ph.D., an acclaimed American novelist, will present The Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute’s Spring 2010 Lecture on April 10 at the University of Scranton’s Houlihan-McLean Center. The lecture will take place at 8:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

     “Horn’s writing is accessible to people and once you hear her read, you’re going to want to read her work. She is a great young writer who is full of energy,” said Joseph Kraus, Ph.D., a professor of English and theater at The University of Scranton. 

     Horn is the author of three award-winning novels including her latest one, All Other Nights, which was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Her first novel, In the Image, received the 2003 National Jewish Book Award. Her second novel, The World To Come, received the 2006 National Jewish Book Award, was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and was named one of the Best Books of 2006 by The San Francisco Chronicle. Horn was named one of the Best Young American Novelists by Granta magazine in 2007.

     Horn received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University, where she also studied Hebrew and Yiddish. She has taught courses in Jewish literature and Israeli history at Harvard and at Sarah Lawrence College. She has also lectured at universities and cultural institutions throughout the United States and Canada. 

     Horn’s presentation at the Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute’s Spring 2010 Lecture will include a reading of her work and is held in conjunction with the 24th annual MELUS Conference, a four-day national conference that studies multi-ethnic literature of the United States.

     The Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute at The University of Scranton fosters an understanding and appreciation of Judaism, Israel and their histories. It supports visits to the university by Jewish scholars, writers and leaders, and supports library acquisitions, publications, faculty-research travel and other scholarly endeavors. The work of the institute was further enhanced by a $1 million gift from the Weinberg Foundation in 1990.

     For more information about the lecture or the MELUS Conference, contact Dr. Kraus at 941-6331 or

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