Arnold Band, professor emeritus of Hebrew and comparative literature, delivered the Arnold Band Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies on Israel Independence Day, May 12, at UCLA. Sponsored by the UCLA Alan. D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, the annual lecture and honors the research and teaching of Band, one of the leading scholars of modern Hebrew literature in the world.

His lecture, “The First Decade of Israeli Literature: The Case of Aharon Appelfeld,” was based upon research Band undertook at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to investigate the nexus between Hebrew writers S. Y. Agnon and Aharon Appelfeld.

Band, 86, has taught at UCLA for over 50 years. He founded the department of comparative literature and also established the recently endowed Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and was the first director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.

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