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Yiddish and Science Fiction

Award-winning essayist, translator, and cultural commentator Ilan Stavans takes us through a journey of futuristic Yiddish.

Yiddish and Science Fiction
Yiddish and Science Fiction

Time & Location

Apr 28, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT

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About the Event

For some American Jews today, Yiddish is a machine of nostalgia. Yet di mamelosh was once forward-looking, producing some of the most adventurous  literature not only in the Jewish world but in the world at large,  including science fiction. Award-winning essayist, translator, and  cultural commentator Ilan Stavans takes us through a journey of  futuristic Yiddish.

Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin  American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, the publisher of  restless Books, and a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary. His books include On Borrowed Words: A Memoir of Language and How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish. He has translated Jorge Luis Borges and Pablo Neruda into English and edited the 3-volume set of Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories for the LIbrary of America.

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