Noted author and philosopher is the Franke Visiting Fellow for the fall

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Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Renowned novelist and philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein has been appointed as the Franke Visiting Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center for the fall semester.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, Goldstein will give a lecture titled “Romancing Spinoza: Why Spinoza Had Little Use for Art and Why Artists Have Made Much Use of Him” at 5 p.m. in Rm. 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. The talk is free and open to the public.

Goldstein is the author of nine books, including the novels “The Mind-Body Problem” (1983); “The Late-Summer Passion of a Woman of Mind” (1989); “The Dark Sister” (1993), which received the Whiting Writer’s Award; and “Mazel” (1995), which won the National Jewish Book Award and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. She has also written a short story collection, “Strange Attractors” (1993), as well as the non-fiction works “Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel” (2005), which was regarded as one of the best books of the year by Discover magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and the New York Sun; and “Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew who Gave Us Modernity” (2006), which received the Koret International Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought.  

Goldstein has taught at Barnard, Columbia, Rutgers, and at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has received Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships and in 1996 was a MacArthur Fellow. In 2008 the International Academy of Humanism named her Humanist Laureate, and, in 2011 Goldstein was designated Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association and Free-thought Heroine by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. She delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Yale that same year.  

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. For more information, contact Susan Stout at 203-432-6556 or

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