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September 27, 2006


GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — "Translating Theresienstadt" is the topic for the next faculty forum at Simon's Rock College of Bard. The forum, to be held in Blodgett House on Thursday, October 5 at 5 p.m., will be free and open to the public.

During this faculty forum, scholars Philip Bohlman of the University of Chicago and Peter Filkins of Simon's Rock College will talk about their respective work on the composer Viktor Ullmann and the novelist H.G. Adler. Both the composer and the writer were artists who lived in Theresienstadt, the "model" Jewish ghetto set up by the Nazis in 1941.

Peter Filkins has translated the complete poems of Ingeborg Bachmann, Songs in Flight (Marsilio, 1994), which was named an Outstanding Translation of 1994 by the American Literary Translators Association. His first book of poems, What She Knew, appeared in 1998 from Orchises Press, and his translation of a novel by Alois Hotschnig, Leonardo's Hands, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 1999. His translation of two novel fragments by Bachmann, The Book of Franza and Requiem for Fanny Goldmann, appeared from Northwestern University Press in 1999, and in 2002 his second book of poems, After Homer, were published by George Braziller.

His poetry, translations, and criticism have appeared in The New Republic, The American Scholar, The New Criterion, Paris Review, Agni, American Poetry Review, Partisan Review, Iowa Review, The Literary Review, TriQuarterly, Poetry Criticism, Contemporary Literary Criticism, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, and The New York Times Book Review.

Filkins was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Vienna from 1983 to 1985, and he has held residencies at the Yaddo Artists Colony, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. In 1997 and in 2003, he was awarded research grants by the Austrian Society for Literature and a translation support grant by the Austrian Bundesministerium for work on his translation of Bachmann. In 2004, he received a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and he was in residence at the American Academy in Berlin in Spring, 2005.

Philip Bohlmann is the Mary Werkman Professor of the Humanities and of Music, and Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago. His teaching and courses cover a broad range, with special interests in music and modernity, folk and popular music in North America and Europe, Jewish music, music of the Middle East and South Asia, music and religion, and music at the encounter with racism and colonialism. A pianist, he is also the Artistic Director of the New Budapest Orpheum Society, a Jewish cabaret ensemble at Chicago.

He has written and published extensively, and among his most recent publications are World Music: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2002), The Music of European Nationalism (ABC-CLIO, 2004), "Jüdische Musik" - eine mitteleuropäische Geistesgeschichte (Böhlau, 2005), and Jewish Music and Modernity (AMS Studies in Music, 2006). The New Budapest Orpheum Society has released the double-CD, Dancing on the Edge of the Volcano (Cedille Records, 2002). Current projects include books on music drama in the Holocaust and a translation of Johann Gottfried Herder's writings on music and nationalism. Philip Bohlman was awarded the Edward Dent Medal by the Royal Music Association in 1997 and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin in 2003. In 2006-2007 he will hold the Royal Holloway-British Library Lectures in Musicology.

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