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Lewis Glinert photoHolding Court is an interview series that features the authors of the new books on display in the King Arthur Flour café in Baker-Berry Library.

In this week's edition, we hear from Lewis Glinert, Professor of Hebrew Studies in the Middle Eastern Studies program.  Glinert is the author of The Story of Hebrew (Princeton University Press, 2017), which, true to its title, tells the sprawling and complex story of the origins, preservation, revival, and present-day usage of the Hebrew language.  Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award, and named by CHOICE Magazine as one of the "Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017," Glinert's book has won wide critical acclaim.

What is your book about?

I explore the extraordinary hold that Hebrew has had on Jews and Christians, who invested it with symbolic power beyond that of any other language in history.

Where did you get your ideas for this book?

Watching the Emmy Award-winning series "The Story of English", I thought "That's nothing compared with the story of Hebrew..."

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

A deck without wifi, some raisins and almonds, and (so 20th century) pen and paper.

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

They'll all be like Sanborn Library, places to curl up with a book.

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

Think how many rejections JK Rowling got...

And finally, what do you read for fun?

The Big Book of Jewish Humor by William Novak and Moshe Waldoks.


Maps created in the Evans Map Room have been featured in a couple of stories. From The Dartmouth student paper in a story by Tyler Bradford, Admiral William Fallon is talking about the United States foreign policy in the Middle East. The map he is using to illustrate his talk was created in the map room. The President's Office needed a map of the Middle East and we created it from one of the base maps in ArcGIS.

Courtesy of Tyler Bradford & The Dartmouth

Professor James Stanford of the Linguistics Department was featured in a story on VPR.

He is standing in front of a poster Dennis Grady created. Professor Stanford came to the map room for help mapping points around the states of New Hampshire and Vermont. He provided the information for the points and we mapped them. You can also see one of four maps created in the map room.