Naomi B. Sokoloff co-edited with Prof. Nancy E. Berg (Washington University) a volume of articles that celebrates the vibrancy of Hebrew language with the purpose of conveying the challenges and joys of being a Hebraist in America in the twenty-first century. The volume follows up on the 2016 Stroum Center for Jewish Studies Conference "Hebrew and the Humanities: Present Tense" that was organized by Prof. Sokoloff and co-sponsored by Near Eastern Languages and Civilization Department.
The publisher information about the book includes the following information:
"Why Hebrew, here and now? What is its value for contemporary Americans? In What We Talk About When We Talk about Hebrew (and What It Means to Americans)scholars, writers, and translators tackle a series of urgent questions that arise from the changing status of Hebrew in the United States. To what extent is that status affected by evolving Jewish identities and shifting attitudes toward Israel and Zionism? Will Hebrew programs survive the current crisis in the humanities on university campuses? How can the vibrancy of Hebrew literature be conveyed to a larger audience?
The volume features a diverse group of distinguished contributors, including Sarah Bunin Benor, Dara Horn, Adriana Jacobs, Alan Mintz, Hannah Pressman, Adam Rovner, Ilan Stavans, Michael Weingrad, Robert Whitehill-Bashan, and Wendy Zierler. With lively personal insights, their essays give fellow Americans a glimpse into the richness of an exceptional language."
The book is scheduled to be released by the University of Washington Press in August 2018.