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Cultural and literary historian Sander L. Gilman will discuss "Is Multiculturalism Good for the Jews? Multicultural Literature and Minority Representation Today" on Thursday, September 12, at 4:15 p.m. in Reed's psychology auditorium. Gilman's lecture, which is sponsored by Reed's division of literature and languages, is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

Sander L. Gilman is a distinguished professor of the liberal arts and medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago and the director of the Humanities Laboratory. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of over 60 books. Both his most recent monograph, The Fortunes of the Humanities: Teaching the Humanities in the New Millennium (Stanford University Press), and his most recent edited book, A New Germany in the New Europe (Routledge New York), appeared in 2000. He is the author of the basic study of the visual stereotyping of the mentally ill, Seeing the Insane ( John Wiley and Sons, 1982, reprinted 1996) as well as the standard study of Jewish self-hatred, the title of his Johns Hopkins University Press monograph of 1986.

For 25 years he was a member of the humanities and medical faculties at Cornell University, where he held the Goldwin Smith Professorship of Humane Studies, and for six years he held the Henry R. Luce Distinguished Service Professorship of the Liberal Arts in Human Biology at the University of Chicago. He has served as a Guggenheim Fellow and has been a visiting professor, scholar, or fellow at numerous institutions that include the National Library of Medicine, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and the American Academy in Berlin.

Gilman was president of the Modern Language Association in 1995. He was the first non-historian to be awarded the Mertes Prize of the German Historical Institute and the first non-German-born Germanist to be awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize of the Humboldt Foundation.

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