The Amos Oz Initiative for Literature and Culture in Arad was launched last week with an event in memory of Stuart B. Young, in the presence of his wife, Toni, at BGU. The event was held during the 45th Board of Governors Meeting.
The three–part Initiative is designed to enable Oz to give back to the city that was his home for so many years by encouraging Hebrew Literature research and writing and to offer literary and cultural events to Arad’s citizens and students.
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“This multi-year initiative will enhance the community’s engagement with literature and culture under the guidance of students and department members, ” said Department of Hebrew Literature Head Prof. Haviva Ishay.
The Amos Oz Prizes for Excellence were awarded during the conference. Eleven prizes were given out to Masters and Doctoral students and seven to undergraduate students.
The prizes will support the production of two books featuring the writings of artists from Arad and from the creative writing track at BGU. Three prizes were awarded to Arad and Negev high school students for a poem, story, literary journey or research project, including first prize to Daniel Reshef for his short story entitled “Life Story.”