English Literature Research Units

The Lechter Institute for Literary Research

Founded in 1981 under the leadership of Professor Harold Fisch, the Institute for Literary Research at Bar-Ilan University was renamed the Lechter Institute in 1985. Since its founding, the Lechter Institute has conducted a series of international conferences and colloquia, with support from the Lewis Family Fund for International Conferences in the Humanities.

The Kaplan Program in American Literature

Founded in 1983 through the generous donation of J.M. Kaplan and the efforts of Prof. Paul Baris and directed for many years by Dr. Sharon Baris, the Kaplan Program enhances the study of Ameican literature through a variety of scholarly and creative activities.  

The Anne Shachter-Smith Memorial Project in Literature

The Anne Shachter-Smith Memorial Project in Literature was established in 2002 through the generous donation of Mr. Israel Shachter. The Project's purpose is to enrich the study and creation of English-language literature in Israel and to maintain and strengthen Israel's cultural connections with English-speaking countries around the world.