Irena Klepfisz - 2019 Sondra & Howard Bender Scholar

Irena KlepfiszThe Program in Jewish Studies is excited to welcome renown poet, Irena Klepfisz, as the 2018 Annual Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholar. During her visit to CU Boulder, Klepfisz will 

Irena Klepfisz is a poet, essayist, translator, editor, and teacher. She will be in residence at CU Boulder February 20 - 21, 2019. She has taught at Barnard College, in the college program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a women's maximum-security prison, and elsewhere. Among many other literary accomplishments, she was a founder and co-editor of the award-winning Conditions magazine, the Yiddish editor of the Jewish feminist Bridges, a major contributor to Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology, and co-editor of The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Women's Anthology. Klepfisz is also the author of two books, A Few Words in the Mother Tongue (poems) and Dreams of an Insomniac (essays).

In 2012, the Sondra and Howard Bender Visiting Scholars Endowed Fund was established to help bring leading scholars in Jewish culture, history, language and religion to CU campuses to further the curricular goals of CU’s Program in Jewish Studies.  Attending lectures by leading scholars in this growing field provides students with the opportunity to learn from a broad range of academics.  In addition, visiting lecturers create a unique opportunity for the Program in Jewish Studies and CU to engage both students and the local community.  Public lectures catalyze discussions that include participants from a wide variety of backgrounds, enhancing students’ ability to think about issues beyond the walls of the classroom.