Samantha Baskind, Professor of Art History at Cleveland State University, specializes in modern American art and culture and Jewish art in both Europe and America. She is the author or editor of several books, most recently Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America (2014), which considers the scope of biblical themes by Jewish American artists across a variety of media. She coauthored Jewish Art: A Modern History (2011, with Larry Silver) and coedited The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches (2008, with Ranen Omer-Sherman). She is also the author of Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art (2004) and Encyclopedia of Jewish American Artists (2007). Recent articles have appeared in American Art, Jewish Quarterly Review, and Winterthur Portfolio. Baskind served as editor for U.S. art for the 22-volume revised edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica (2006).
Murray Baumgarten teaches urban Jewish writing and Victorian Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he directs Jewish Studies with Nathaniel Deutsch. He is the founding Director of the Dickens Project, and founding editor-in-chief of the California Carlyle Edition. His books include City Scriptures: Modern Jewish Writing and Understanding Philip Roth, and he has edited Homes and Homelessness in the Victorian Imagination, as well as many essays on Victorian culture and modern Jewish writing. His essay, “Primo Levi’s Periodic Art, Survival in Auschwitz and the Meaningfulness of Everyday Life,” was included in Resisting the Holocaust (1998), edited by Ruby Rohrlich, and “‘Thinking in German:’ Primo Levi’s Linguistic Crossings,“ will appear in Zehuyot—Identities, Journal for Jewish Culture and Identity (2013). He is the Emeritus Editor of JUDAISM: A Quarterly Journal Of Jewish Life & Thought. From 1995–2010 he held the Neufeld-Levin Chair in Holocaust Studies, with Peter Kenez. Recently he has been working on the afterlife of the Venice Ghetto, and is a founder of the Venice Center for International Jewish Studies.
Rachel S. Harris is Assistant Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture in Comparative and World Literature and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her recent publications include articles in the journals Israel Studies, Symbolism, and Modern Jewish Studies. She coedited Narratives of Dissent: War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture (2013). Her forthcoming book, An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature (2014), examines literary challenges to Israeli national [End Page 160] narratives through the powerful image of suicide in Hebrew fiction. She is series editor for Dalkey Archive Press’s Hebrew Literature in Translation Series. Currently she is writing a book on women in Israeli Cinema.
Stephen Paul Miller’s books include The Seventies Now: Culture as Surveillance (1999), There’s Only One God and You’re Not It (2011), and Being with a Bullet (2007). He co-edited, with Daniel Morris, Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture (2009), and, with Terence Diggory, The Scene of My Selves: New Work on New York School Poets (2001). His work has or soon will appear in Barrow Street, Best American Poetry, New American Writing, Lit, Jacket, Columbia Review, Pataphysics, Zeek, Black Clock, Scripsi, Shofar, Mipoesias, Boundary 2, Columbia Review, American, Letters and Commentary, Another Chicago Magazine, Paterson Review, Eoagh, Coconut, Zen Monster, Poetry New York, Mudfish, Tygerburning, Poetry Project Newsletter, Appearances, Bowery Poetry Club, Brooklyn Rail, Voices Israel, Literature around the Globe, Critiphoria, Professional Studies, Marsh Hawk Review, and the edited volumes, Tribe of John, Burning Interiors, Reading the Difficulties, The Contemporary Narrative Poem, The New Promised Land: Anthology of Contemporary Jewish-American Poetry, and elsewhere. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and is a Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York.
William Pencak is the Bert and Fanny Meisler Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies and History at the University of South Alabama in Mobile and Professor Emeritus of History and Jewish Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He teaches courses on Jewish Music and Art, and has previously published in Opera Quarterly on “Cherubini Stages a Revolution” (1991) and “The Operatic Ulysses” (1992). His essay “Why We Must Listen to Meyerbeer” is included in Robert Ignatius Letellier, Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Reader (2007...