Professor Jeffrey Shandler (Rutgers University) discusses his new book Yiddish: Biography of a Language (Oxford University Press, 2020).
Jeffrey Shandler’s new book, Yiddish: Biography of a Language, engages with the Yiddish language in the unusual form of a biographical profile. In conversation with the literary scholar, Joshua Lambert (Wellesley College), Shandler will discuss how this approach to telling the story of Yiddish offers revealing insights into the language’s dynamic relationship with its speakers and their culture. Together, Shandler and Lambert will explore the wide range of symbolic values that Yiddish speakers and others have invested in the language over the centuries.
This event will be held virtually. Advance registration required.