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Distinguished Lecture Series at the Lenox Library

The Distinguished Lecture Series at the Lenox Library continues on October 20th, when Peter Filkins will present H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds.

Peter Filkins is an award-winning poet and translator. His authorized biography H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds appeared in 2019 from Oxford University Press, and he has translate d three novels by H.G. Adler, Panorama, The Journey, and The Wall, as well as the collected poems of Ingeborg Bachmann, Darkness Spoken. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Leon Levy Center for Biography, the DAAD, and the American Academy in Berlin, he is the Richard B. Fisher Professor of Literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and also teaches translation at Bard College.

H.G. Adler (1910-1988) was a survivor of Thersienstadt, Auschwitz, and two other concentration camps who later published two dozen books of history, fiction, poetry, sociology, and religion, all of which were dedicated to honoring the memory of those lost in the Holocaust. However, in his time he remained largely unknown, and it is only in the 21st century that his works have gained the audience and resonance they deserve. In discussing his authorized biography, H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds, Filkins will explore the importance of Adler’s life and writing for how it speaks to the overreach of technology, government, and social controls, as well as the necessity of maintaining human dignity in the face of systemic oppression in our day.

The Distinguished Lecture Series was established at the library in 2007 by Boston University Professor of Music Jeremy Yudkin. All Distinguished Lectures are free, thanks to the generosity of the speakers themselves and donations from the public. For further information about the series, including this season’s list of lectures, please call the library at 413-637-2630 or visit

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