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Please join us for the Noel Q. King Memorial Lecture, “People Love Dead Jews,” featuring award-winning author Dara Horn. You are invited to join us in person or virtually this year.

March 9, 2022

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Merrill Cultural Center

*There will be a book signing opportunity after the lecture for guests attending in person. Books can be purchased in advance at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Please note that books will not be for sale onsite.

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*Please note that UC Santa Cruz has COVID-19 guidelines for in-person events. When you arrive, please provide proof of vaccination OR a recent negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the start of the event (must be a lab PCR test; home tests/antigen tests are not valid). Guests are also required to complete a symptom check form online the day you arrive on campus.

Parking attendants will be onsite selling permits in lot 119, next to Merrill College.

This event is sponsored by Merrill College, the family of Noel Q. King, Dennis (Oakes '77) and Barbara Diessner, The Humanities Institute, and the Department of Jewish Studies.

Dara Horn is the award-winning author of six books and, most recently, an essay collection, People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present. One of Granta magazine’s Best Young American Novelists, she is the recipient of two National Jewish Book Awards, the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, the Harold U. Ribalow Award, and the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize. Her books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books, Booklist’s Best 25 Books of the Decade, and San Francisco Chronicle’s Best Books of the Year, and have been translated into eleven languages. Her nonfiction work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and The Jewish Review of Books. Horn received her doctorate in Yiddish and Hebrew literature from Harvard University. She has taught courses in these subjects at Sarah Lawrence College and Yeshiva University, and has held the Gerald Weinstock Visiting Professorship in Jewish Studies at Harvard. She has lectured for audiences in hundreds of venues throughout North America, Israel and Australia. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.

About Noel Q. King

Noel Q. King was a “founding father” of Merrill College. Born in India and educated in England, he spent 14 years in Africa heading departments of religious studies before being hired to do the same at UC Santa Cruz, where he was a prominent and beloved figure until his death in 2009. The Noel Q. King Memorial Lectures help keep religious studies, and Noel King’s idiosyncratic spirit, alive at UCSC.

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