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Ideas Forum: Reimagining Tradition with Peter Cole

Ideas Forum: Reimagining Tradition with Peter Cole

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join renowned poet, translator, and MacArthur Fellow
Peter Cole for live online interview conducted by 
Spertus President & CEO Dr. Dean P. Bell.

$18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students and Spertus alumni


This program will take place via Zoom. Login information and instructions will be provided to ticket holders by email 48 hours in advance.

Join Spertus President and CEO Dr. Dean P. Bell for a live online conversation with lauded writer Peter Cole.

Bell and Cole share a belief in the power of classical texts to help us understand the world. Together they will explore the work of translation, the purpose of poetry, and the role of imagination in our lives—with a focus on language as an art form. 


“Masterful and profound”—BOOKLIST

“Will open up to the reader a world of poetry and culture as rich as anything in human civilization"—TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

“A matchless translator and one of the handful of authentic poets in his generation”—HAROLD BLOOM

Peter Cole
is a poet, translator, and professor. Among his many honors are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry, the PEN Prize for Poetry in Translation, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

In addition to his acclaimed books of poetry, Cole is the co-writer of Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza, written with his wife, author Adina Hoffman. He divides his time between Jerusalem and New Haven, where he teaches each spring at Yale. 

Books by Peter Cole

This is Spertus Institute's annual Alex and Klara Tulsky
Presentation on the Jewish Future.

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Photo of Peter Cole by Christopher Ho.

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