Public Reading and Talk by Peter Cole

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Frank Stewart, (808) 956-3059
Department of English
Posted: Jan 16, 2009

Peter Cole, a translator, poet, and MacArthur Foundation Fellow based in Jerusalem, will give a free public talk on Thursday, January 22, at the Korean Studies Center on the UHM campus. A reception at 4:30 p.m. will be followed by the reading at 5.

By translating contemporary Hebrew and Arabic literature into English and making the translations widely available, Cole encourages peoples in the Middle East to better understand each other‘s lives. By sharing stories, the communities and nations make greater tolerance,compassion, and peace more possible.

Cole has been a visiting fellow at Yale University‘s Whitney Center for the Humanities and other universities. In addition to a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, he has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also received a Modern Language Association Translation Award (1998), and a PEN-America Award for Poetry in Translation (2004).

Sponsors of Peter Cole‘s reading in Honolulu include the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, The Manoa Foundation, the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, and Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing.

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