Adina Hoffman & Ian Black: Till We Have Built Jerusalem
Chair: Ian Black
Adina Hoffman’s Till We Have Built Jerusalem is a stunning rumination on memory and forgetting, place and displacement. A biographical excavation of one of the world’s great troubled cities, it is a riveting and intimate journey into the very different lives of three architects who helped shape modern Jerusalem: celebrated Berlin architect Erich Mendelsohn; Palestine’s chief government architect from 1922-1937, Austen St. Barbe Harrison; and the possibly Greek, possibly Arab, architect Spyro Houris. Till We Have Built Jerusalem uncovers the ramifying layers of one great city’s buried history. Adina Hoffman talks to Middle East expert Ian Black.
Sponsored by the Jerusalem Foundation.
Adina 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, named one of the best twenty books of 2009 by the Barnes & Noble Review and winner of the UK’s 2010 JQ Wingate Prize. She is also the author, with Peter Cole, of Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza, which was awarded the American Library Association’s prize for the Jewish Book of the Year. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was in 2013 named one of the inaugural winners of the Windham Campbell prize for literature. She lives in Jerusalem and New Haven.
Ian Black is a British journalist and author focusing on international politics. He is Visiting Senior Fellow at the Middle East Centre, LSE and is a former Middle East editor, diplomatic editor and European editor for the Guardian. He is writing a new history of the Palestine-Israel conflict to be published in 2017 to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration and the 50th anniversary of the 1967 war.