Lim­mud goes east

The Jewish Chronicle - - CommunityNews - NATHAN JE F FAY CAM­BRIDGE

CAM­BRIDGE IS to have its own Lim­mud con­fer­ence on March 18. Lo­cal or­gan­is­ers claim the univer­sity’s rep­u­ta­tion has en­abled them to se­cure a line-up of aca­demic, lit­er­ary and arts heavy­weights, many of whom would not turn out for a com­mu­nal event.

The line-up in­cludes writ­ers David Bad­diel, Howard Ja­cob­son, Linda Grant and Lisa Ap­pig­nanesi, top food writer Clau­dia Ro­den and arts spe­cial­ists Alexan­der Knapp, a Soas-based ex­pert on Jewish mu­sic, and Michael Kus­tow, for­mer as­so­ci­ate di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Theatre.

Aca­demic heavy­weights in­clude Berke­ley’s Pro­fes­sor Daniel Bo­yarin, the Univer­sity of Lon­don’s Pro­fes­sor David Ce­sarani and Cam­bridge’s own Pro­fes­sor Ste­fan Reif.

Cam­bridge Pro­fes­sor Si­mon Gold­hill, who put to­gether the pro­gramme with Lon­don Univer­sity’s Jewish stud­ies lec­turer Dr Diana Lipton, said the fact that sev­eral speak­ers were alumni had also helped se­cure a “stel­lar line-up”.

“This ros­ter of speak­ers re­flects the ideals of the univer­sity as well as those of Lim­mud,” he added.

The date was set for the end of term in case par­ents col­lect­ing stu­dents wished to at­tend, ex­plained Prof Gold­hill.

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