The Jewish Studies Program and the Modern Hebrew Language Program at Penn are organizing an exciting public lecture about the revival of Modern Hebrew. The speaker is Gil Hovav, great-grandson of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. Ben-Yehuda was the driving force behind the incredible rebirth of a “dead” language, and the occasion for the event is the centennial of Ben-Yehuda’s death. Gil Hovav is a noted Israeli author, TV personality, food critic and journalist, who will tell the story of this amazing feat through the intimate secrets that were kept by his family for more than a hundred years. The talk should be of interest to a broader segment of our intellectual community.