Thursday February 4, 2021 – The Origins of Yiddish and Making of Ashkenaz
Thursday February 11, 2021 – The Sexual Politics of Yiddish
Thursday February 18, 2021 – Revolutionary Yiddish
Thursday February 25, 2021 – Yiddish and Memory
Thursday March 4, 2021 – Yiddish Futures
In its 1,000-plus-year history, the Yiddish language has been called many things, including the tender name mameloshen (mother tongue), the adversarial moniker zhargon (jargon) and the more matter-of-fact Judeo-German. Literally speaking, Yiddish means “Jewish.” Linguistically, it refers to the language spoken by Ashkenazi Jews — Jews from Central and Eastern Europe, and their descendants. As Jews continued to migrate eastward –a result of the Crusades and the Black Plague–Yiddish spread across Central and Eastern Europe and began to include more elements from Slavic languages. Join us for a 5-part series with Prof. Justin Cammy, one of the world’s leading scholars of Yiddish literature and culture, as we explore the origins, evolution, revolution and future of Yiddish.
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