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Author Joyce Antler to Deliver the Barkan Memorial Lecture December 1

Date Released: 11/17/2008

Author Joyce Antler will discuss myths and truths surrounding the Jewish mother when she gives the Roberta Barkan Memorial Lecture at Purchase College on Monday, December 1 at 7:30 PM in the Humanities Theatre of the Durst Family Humanities Building. A book signing by the author will follow. Admission is free.

Her topic, "You Never Call!  You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother," will explore the nagging, intrusive, overprotective, overbearing and guilt-inducing stereotypes that have become associated with the Jewish mother in American culture. She will explain how this was not always the case as she sheds light on origins of the myths throughout the 20th and 21st century.

The Barkan Lecture is given in memory of Dr. Roberta Barkan, founder and director of the Jewish Studies program at Purchase, who taught Israeli literature and Hebrew until her retirement.

Joyce Antler is the Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis University and author of 10 books in womens and cultural history. She received the 2008 Emily Toth Award of the Popular Culture/American Culture Association for "You Never Call! You Never Write!," and also received the American Library Association's Honorable Mention Citation, the Sophie Brody Medal, for Outstanding Achievement in Jewish Literature.

The Roberta Barkan Lecture of the Jewish Studies Program was made possible through the generosity of the Smart Family Foundation.