Susan Rubin Suleiman is the C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and Professor of Comparative Literature, Emerita at Harvard University. She was born in Budapest and emigrated to the U.S. as a child with her parents. She obtained her B.A. from Barnard College and her Ph.D. from Harvard University, and has been on the Harvard faculty since 1981. In addition to her books, Susan Suleiman is the author of more than one hundred articles on contemporary literature and culture, published in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to her scholarly work, Suleiman is the author of two memoirs, Budapest Diary: In Search of the Motherbook, and Daughter of History: Traces of an Immigrant Girlhood, which was published in May 2023. Suleiman has won many honors, including France’s highest decoration, the Légion d’Honneur, which she received in 2018. Since 2019, Suleiman has made her home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where her younger son and daughter-in-law and her four grandchildren live. 


Holocaust Reckonings

March 20, 2024 3:30PM – 5PM

For scholar and author Susan Rubin Suleiman, everyday objects from her past hold memories of her childhood as a Holocaust refugee.

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