Reuven (Ruby) Namdar
Visiting Assistant Professor of the Humanities
Biography:Professor Namdar was born and raised in Jerusalem to a family of Iranian-Jewish heritage. His first book, Haviv (2000), a collection of short stories, won The Ministry of Culture's Award for Best First Publication. His novel The Ruined House (2017) won the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award, and was called "a masterpiece" in the New York Times Book Review. Publications also include HaBayit Asher Neherav: A Novel; and 3WEEKS: The Opera, a libretto composed solely of excerpts from the Talmud and various Midrashic tales describing the Roman siege of Jerusalem and the fall of the city in 70 AD. He previously taught at LABA, The National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture; Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Education; and Hofstra University; and served as lecturer at Leeds University, Israel Extension. Teaching interests have included classic Jewish texts, Jewish-Arab relationships in modern Israeli literature and cinema, modern Israeli fiction, the poetics of the Midrash and Talmud, and Hebrew, among others.
BA, MA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. At Bard: Spring 2014; Spring 2020.