Noted Essayist and Biographer is the Franke Visiting Fellow for the Fall

Essayist and biographer Adina Hoffman has been appointed as the Franke Visiting Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center for the fall semester.

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, Hoffman will deliver a public lecture titled “Map of a Vanished Town: Recollecting the Palestinian Past through Biography” at 5 p.m. in Rm. 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Manana Sikic at (203) 432-0673 or e-mail

Hoffman is the author of “House of Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood” and “My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century,” a biography of Taha Muhammad Ali, forthcoming from Yale University Press. Her essays and criticism have appeared in the Nation, the Raritan, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, New York Newsday, World Literature Today and on the World Service of the BBC.

One of the founders and editors of Ibis Editions — a small press that publishes the literature of the Levant — she has been a film critic for the Jerusalem Post and the American Prospect and a visiting professor at Wesleyan University and Middlebury College.

Together with her husband, Peter Cole, she is writing a volume about the Cairo Geniza for the Schocken/Nextbook Jewish Encounters series. Cole, who is a poet, translator and co-founder of Ibis Editions, joins Hoffman this year as a residential ­fellow of Berkeley College. A 2007 Mac­Arthur Fellow, Cole is a former Franke Visiting Fellow. He is currently at Yale as the Horace W. Goldsmith Senior Lecturer in Judaic Studies.

The Franke Visiting Scholars and Artists Program is made possible by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Franke of Chicago. The creation of this residential fellowship is intended to ensure ongoing interdisciplinary exchange and creative debate at the Whitney in particular and at Yale in general. The Frankes also endowed an annual series of lectures and seminars at the Whitney, which present enduring topics in the humanities to Yale undergraduates and to the broader New Haven community.

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