Der Shmues, the Yiddish conversation group
As part of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture’s celebration of a century of Yiddish at UW–Madison, we reintroduce the sound of mame loshn (the mother tongue) on our campus. On Monday, March 7 at 7:00pm we will begin a monthly informal Yiddish conversational event.
In honor of this centennial celebration, we are introducing a planned monthly informal shmues (informal conversation) to our regular lineup of all things Yiddish.
Not a class, but a lively and easygoing event for people of different backgrounds and abilities to come together and revel in the sound of the vibrant language of the 1,000-year-old Ashkenazic civilization.
Led by Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies director and German professor Mark Louden and Mayrent Institute founding director Henry Sapoznik the conversation will span all manner of topics to allow the greatest ease and entry for all attendees.
Mark Louden came to his Yiddish as a logical outgrowth of his studies in German and German-American linguistics. His interest in Yiddish came about while at the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Itzik Gottesman, professor of Yiddish and former editor at the Jewish Daily Forverts.
Henry Sapoznik came from a Yiddish speaking home where his parents, who were Holocaust survivors from the city of Rovne in Volhynia gubernia, kept the language and culture alive on a daily basis.
All ages and abilities are welcome to this free and open event.