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Yiddishland: Then and Now
November 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm$18
ABOUT THIS LECTURE: How have Jews mapped the landscapes of Yiddish, both historically and into the present? What do various models of Yiddishland tell us about Jewish politics, culture, and self-identity, and how have they often functioned as utopian experiments or radical alternatives to existing realities? What do imaginings and experiments in Yiddishland tell us about Jewish power and powerlessness, diaspora politics, and the dynamism of Jewish cultural reinvention?
ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Professor Justin Cammy is director of the program in Jewish studies at Smith College, where he is associate professor of Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature and also a member of the programs in Russian and East European Studies and Middle East Studies. He is senior fellow at the Goldreich Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Tel Aviv University, and summer director of the Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Program at Tel Aviv University. He is a recipient of Smith College’s Sherrerd Award for Distinguished Teaching.