Presented by: Harvard Hillel, in association with Learning from Performers, the Jewish Women’s Archive, the Woodberry Poetry Room at Lamont Library and Harvard Divinity School.
Tickets: Free (tickets or RSVPs not required; seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity).
Location: Harvard Hillel, Rosovsky Hall
Harvard Hillel, in association with Learning from Performers, the Jewish Women’s Archive and the Woodberry Poetry Room at Lamont Library, presents “Divinity School: A Reading and Musical Performance” featuring Alicia Jo Rabins. Introduced by Elisa New, Professor of American Literature at Harvard University, the event will include a reading by Rabins of her poetry collection Divinity School, and a performance of songs from her new recording “Open the Ground” with her band Girls in Trouble, whose music is inspired by stories of women in the Bible.
Alicia Jo Rabins is a writer, composer, performer and Torah scholar. Her book Divinity School won the 2015 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. Rabins tours internationally with her band Girls in Trouble, whose indie-folk song cycle is about the complicated lives of Biblical women. A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, her one-woman chamber-rock opera, was named one of the best theater performances of 2014 by the Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon. Rabins has played bluegrass fiddle across Central America and Kuwait as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department, and toured for eight years as the violinist in the Brooklyn-based klezmer-punk band Golem.