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What's Jewish about Jewish Folklore?

Jewish Medical Association with the Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL

Thursday, 20 March 2014 from 18:45 to 20:00 (GMT)

London, United Kingdom

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Lecture by Itzik Gottesman who has a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife, (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1993), an MA in Folklore (University of  Pennsylvania, 1991) and a BA in English, (University of Pennsylvania, 1979). He has been Associate Editor of the Yiddish Forward Newspaper, New York from 2000 until the present and was the editor Di Zukunft  literary journal, the oldest Yiddish publication (founded in 1892) from 2001- 2007.  Before that he was Assistant Professor, Yiddish Language and Culture, Dept. of Germanic Languages, University of Texas at Austin (1991-2000), Instructor, Yiddish Language, Dept. of   Germanic Languages, University of Pennsylvania (1986-91) and Archivist, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (1981-1986).

He has taught courses and led workshops on Yiddish Folklore, East European Jewish Folk Music, traditional Yiddish song, Yiddish language, East European Jewish Intellectual history, Yiddish culture and Jewish music. From 2010  to the present  he has been  Director of  “An-sky Jewish Folklore Research Project‟ at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, NYC, including directing the website "Yiddish Song of the Week" to highlight rare Yiddish folksong recordings. He is the author of a book,  Defining the Yiddish Nation: The Yiddish Folklorists of Poland (2003) and numerous articles.

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University College London
Gower St
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 20 March 2014 from 18:45 to 20:00 (GMT)


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