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“bridges between east and west” with Ronny Someck

October 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Monday, October 24, 2022, 5:30pm, in-person event: UNC Graham Memorial, Lounge.


bridges between east and west

Sephardic Studies Lecture with poet Ronny Someck

This lecture is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor through an endowed lectureship in Sephardic Judaism.

In-person event will feature readings by the poet and translations in English.
Co-sponsored by: UNC Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UNC Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies, North Caroline Consortium for Middle East Studies, Duke Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Jewish Studies


RONNY SOMECK was born in Baghdad in 1951 and came to Israel as a young child. He has published 13 volumes of poetry (The last called “so much god “) and two books for children with Shirly Someck. He has been translated into 44 languages. Selections of his poems have appeared in Arabic translation, French, Catalan, Albanian, Italian, Macedonian, Yiddish, Croatian, Nepali, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, Germen, Turkish, Russian and English.

His book “the milk underground” (White Pine Press) was awarded the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation 2015 USA. He is recipient of the “Wine poem award” in Struga Poetry Evenings, Macedonia, 2005 and Hans Berghhuis prize for poetry 2006, Holland. He has been awarded the Cross of The Order of The Knights of Poland and the knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.


Reader: John Caldwell, Teaching Associate Professor, South Asia Section, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Director, Nyai Saraswati Gamelan Ensemble. Doctor of Musicology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


October 24
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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