Hillel Schwartz is a cultural historian, poet, and translator. His current research on the changing concepts and experience of “emergency” since the 18th century led to a 2014 Berlin Prize in Cultural History at the American Academy in Berlin. As an historian, he is best known for Making Noise: From Babel to the Big Bang, and Beyond (Zone, 2011, 2d ed. 2016), The Culture of the Copy: Striking Likenesses, Unreasonable Facsimiles (Zone, 1996, 2d ed. 2014) and Never Satisfied: A Cultural History of Diets, Fantasies, and Fat (Doubleday, 1986). His translations from the Korean, in collaboration with Sunny Jung, have resulted in two volumes of poetry: Kim Nam-jo, Rain, Sky, Wind, Port (2014); Ko Un, Abiding Places: Korea South and North (2006; finalist, Balcones Prize). He has also been project scholar for national and regional public arts initiatives in the United States, and for the design of the theme pavilion, “The Future of the Past,” at EXPO2000 in Hannover, Germany. From 2009-14, he directed a medical case management company, out of which experience came Long Days Last Days: A Down-to-Earth Guide for Those at the Bedside (2012). A graduate of Brandeis University, UC Berkeley, and Yale, he is an independent scholar but has taught occasionally in departments of history, literature, religious studies, communication, and visual arts, most recently at UC San Diego, where he was founding director of the core curriculum for Sixth College: Culture Art and Technology. He writes and cycles in Encinitas, California.
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