Program Details

An Arc in Search of a Circle: The Bagel as a Model for a Civilized World - Boca Raton

Howard Wolf
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Course Description

With some whimsy and seriousness, Professor Wolf (Emeritus Prof. of English, SUNY-Buffalo, Life Member, Wolfson College, Cambridge University) will describe the history and “journey” of the Bagel as a fact and symbol of Jewish history (sacred and secular). Dr. Wolf will link the Bagel briefly with other circles from Euclid through Copernicus to the waving of hands on the Sabbath, a symbol of the “soul’s return to its source.” To dramatize the meaning of his talk, he may read a few passages from his mini-story, “An Arc in Search of a Circle” (Trajectory, Spring, 2022). 

About the Instructor

  • Howard R. Wolf is Emeritus Professor and Senior Fellow in the Department of English at SUNY-Buffalo. A graduate of Horace Mann School, Amherst College (BA), Columbia University (MA), and The University of Michigan (Ph.D.) where he wrote a doctoral dissertation on the theme of “abandonment” in Henry James and was a Hopwood winner for fiction. He has been a Fulbright scholar in Turkey, 1983-84, and South Africa, 1998. He is a Life Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge University and PEN America. His academic fields are American Literature, Autobiography, Short Fiction, Literary Journalism, and the Essay. His published creative work has been in the areas of memoir and the personal essay, short fiction, novel, literary and social criticism, letters, humor, travel, education, and drama. His major book publications are:"Forgive the Father: A Memoir of Changing Generations" (1978); "The Education of a Teacher" (1987); "Broadway Serenade" (novel, 1996); "The Education of Ludwig Fried" (Jewish American stories, 2006), "Far-Away Places: Lessons in Exile" (travel, 2007); "Second Time Around and Other Stories" (2019); "Of Two Lives on The Lower Golan" (2020); and now"Distant Love" (2022). His essays have appeared in: Midstream, The Nation; Christian Science Monitor, The New Republic; The American Scholar; The Virginia Quarterly, The Sewanee Review, and Cithara: Essays in The Judeo-Christian Tradition. His short stories have appeared in Commonwealth Review, Evening Street Review, Nimrod, Mediterranean Review, Cimmaron Review, Trajectory, and Pleiades.