Viskonsin! Tales from Yiddish Wisconsin: A Symposium Honoring Louis Bernard Wolfenson

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 1:00pm
126 Memorial Library, 728 State St.

In 1916, the University of Wisconsin–Madison became the nation’s—and possibly the world’s—first institute of higher education to offer Yiddish language instruction when Professor Louis Bernard Wolfenson began teaching courses in the vernacular language of Ashkenazi Jews. The Viskonsin symposium celebrates this important centenary with reflections on the history of Yiddish at UW, the current state of Yiddish studies, and thoughts on the next 100 years.

Presentations by

Henry Sapoznik, Director, Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture
Mark L. Louden, Professor of German and Director, Max Kade Institute
Jonathan Z. S. Pollack, Instructor, Madison Area Technical College and Honorary Fellow, Center for Jewish Studies at UW-Madison
Francie Saposnik and Leora Saposnik, Madison, WI
Sunny Yudkoff, Assistant Professor of German, Nordic, and Slavic and the Center for Jewish Studies