August 29, 2005


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Iris Bruce will give the lecture, "Bambi, King of the Forest: Cultural Zionism in Franz Kafka's and Felix Salten's Animal Worlds," Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is the first event in this year's MacArthur Chair in Jewish Studies lecture series, "Judaism and its Cultural Implications."

Bruce, who is an expert in Franz Kafka and in Zionist theory as well as in German-Jewish and Israeli literature, teaches at McMaster University, Canada.

According to Rivka Ulmer, assistant professor of religion and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair in Jewish Studies, Walt Disney's animated movie Bambi is based upon a book written by Felix Salten. Franz Kafka is the author of numerous works, such as "The Trial" and "Investigations of a Dog." Both authors were also involved in Zionist theory and culture.

Other speakers in the lecture series include:

Oct. 17: "Battering States: Jewish and Palestinian Women in Israel," Madelaine Adelman, Arizona State University, 1 p.m., Room 22, Coleman Hall;

Nov. 17: "Rethinking the Problem of Edith Stein: Jew and Catholic Saint," Zev Garber, Los Angeles Valley College and visiting Rosenthal professor, Case Western University, 7 p.m., Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center;

Nov. 28. "European and American Jewish Women and Higher Education," Harriet Freidenreich, Temple University, 7 p.m., location to be announced.

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