This half-day symposium brought together an array of international scholars and writers engaged with the history, literature, and impact of Primo Levi: a chemist, writer, and humanist who survived Auschwitz and, through his writing, provided generations of students and scholars with the philosophical language to understand the Shoah—and the modern condition. The symposium celebrated the publication, in 2015, of Levi’s complete works in English (by translator Ann Goldstein, published by W. W. Norton) and probes the literary, philosophical, and historical legacy of Levi.

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Sarah A. Stein (UCLA)
Michael Rothberg (UCLA)
Todd S. Presner (UCLA)

Sponsored by
The UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
The Viterbi Program in Mediterranean Jewish Studies

Cosponsored by
The UCLA Department of Italian
Centro Primo Levi
The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles
The UCLA Department of History
The UCLA Department of Comparative Literature
The Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles