The Annual Lipman Lecture in Jewish Studies

Endowed by the Lipman Family, this distinguished lecture has attracted a variety of important speakers to Colby since 1979, including Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel (1986) and renowned author Chaim Potok (1989).

Etgar Keret“Is reality overrated? Talk and reading with Israeli writer Etgar Keret”

The 2012-13 annual Lipman Lecture in Jewish Studies

Hailed as the voice of young Israel and one of its most radical and extraordinary writers, Etgar Keret is internationally acclaimed for his short stories.  His books are bestsellers in Israel and have been published in twenty-two languages. As a filmmaker, Keret is the writer of several feature screenplays, including Skin Deep (1996), which won First Prize at several international film festivals and was awarded the Israeli Oscar. In the words of the San Francisco Chronicle, “If Kafka has the power to smash through the frozen sea of our souls, Keret perhaps can infiltrate our gray matter, adding synapses where none existed before.”

Prior Lipman Lecturers

2011-12 — Jonathan Safran Foer, “When Jews Laugh at Things That Aren’t Funny”

2010-11 — Tom Segev, “Simon Wiesenthal, Nazi Hunter: The Man who Refused to Forget”

2009-10 — David Bame, “A Faith in Peace: Current U.S. Policy Issues in the Middle East”

2008-09 — Michael Wex, “Just Say Nu: Yiddish from the Jewish Shtetl to the American Heartland”

2007-08 — Jonathan Sarna, “The Furture of the American Jew: American Judaism in the 21st Century”

2006-07 — Deborah Lipstadt, “In Every Generation They Wish to Destroy Us: Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism as Factors in Jewish Identity”

2005-06 — Jerry Fowler, “Creating a Constituency of Conscience: The Role of Holocaust Remembrance in Combating Contemporary Genocide”


The Jewish Studies Program is also grateful to Barry and Judith Bronstein (P’96) for endowing the Bronstein Fund for Jewish Studies and Holocaust Studies, whose funds support a variety of Jewish Studies programs.