Join award-winning author and Fulbright Fellow Margaret McMullan as she discusses her recent memoir, Where the Angels Lived. Straddling memoir and reportage, past and present, this story reminds us all that we can escape a country, but we can never escape history. McMullan will be in conversation with noted Ohio State Holocaust historian Robin Judd.
Jewish Columbus and Ohio State’s Melton Center for Jewish Studies are Gramercy’s Community Partners for this exclusive program.
The moment she discovers the existence of Richard, a long-lost relative, at Israel's Holocaust Museum, Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey of revelation and connectivity as she tirelessly researches the history of her ancestors. Propelled by a Fulbright cultural exchange that sends her to teach at a Hungarian University, Margaret, her husband, and teenage son all eagerly travel to Hungary, the land of her mother's Jewish lineage, and the small, primarily Christian town of Pecs. Margaret quickly realizes how difficult her mission is going to be. Heart-wrenching, passionate, and insightful, Where the Angels Lived beautifully documents McMullan’s relentless determination to pick up the pieces of her family's fragmented history throughout the Hungarian Holocaust.
A recipient of a 2010 NEA Fellowship in literature, a 2010 Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, and the National Author Winner of the 2011 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, Margaret McMullan is the author of seven award-winning novels. In 2015, she and Phillip Lopate curated Every Father’s Daughter, an anthology of essays about fathers by great women writers such as Alice Munro, Ann Hood, and Jane Smiley. She was the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Evansville, where she taught for 25 years. Recently, she served as a faculty mentor at the Stony Brook Southampton Low-res MFA Program. She writes full time now in Pass Christian, Mississippi.
A professor in the Department of History at The Ohio State University, Robin Judd is an expert in Modern European History and Jewish History. The recipient of several fellowships and grants, Dr. Judd currently serves as the American Editor of the Journal Of Modern Jewish Studies.