8/13 HWLC

UPDATE Follow this link for the summary of this lecture that appears in the Fall 2013 issue of the Chicago YIVO Bulletin: Fall2013ChgoYIVO

“There with my love I’m home.”


Thanks to everyone who came to the Harold Washington Library Center in the Chicago Loop for last night’s lecture. Wow, what a spectacle!


Click here to open my complete PowerPoint slide show –> 13Aug13Rozhanka

Huge applause for Brigid Presecky who attached all the audio files etc etc. Brigid: You are the best!!!  And kudos to William Sumner of HWLC for logistical support 🙂


Photo Credit: Jim Drew (8/13/13)

Final Shout-Out to Svetlana Boym (Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University) for her excellent and highly thought-provoking distinction between “Restorative Nostalgia” versus “Reflective Nostalgia.”

From The Future of Nostalgia (Kindle Location 5308/Page 258):

“Nabokov, Brodsky and Kabakov offered alternative perspectives not only on Russia but on the United States as well, and resisted sentimentalization of the immigrant story and the commercialization of nostalgia. They combined affection with estrangement, insisted on the distinction between sensitivity and sentimentality and developed an ethics of remembrance.”

“an ethics of remembrance”

With respect to my research on Fiddler on the Roof, I now realize that I have been looking for those very words for over a decade. And I sincerely believe those words would have resonated with Jerome Robbins too…

Brava, Svetlana 🙂

Tags: ethics of remembrance, Fiddler on the Roof, Hodel, Jerome Robbins, Reflective Nostalgia, Svetlana Boym, The Future of Nostalgia
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    • steve hanft
    • August 15, 2013

    I’m having them trouble finding your posts on Heidegger and Fry – is it me or are they not up yet?

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