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2015 Winter Program

January 5 - 23, 2015

The YIVO Institute and Bard College are pleased to announce the fourth year of the Winter Program on Ashkenazi Civilization. This program, the first of its kind in the U.S., presents an integrated curriculum in the culture, history, language, and literature of East European Jews. Courses are open to all.

YIVO’s 2015 Winter Program will offer a range of courses from distinguished scholars in the field, including Samuel Kassow, Magda Teter, Gennady Estraikh, Adam Kirsch, Cecile Kuznitz, Elissa Bemporad, Miriam Udel, Rakhmiel Peltz, Beverly Bailis, and Curt Leviant. Course topics will include Yiddish Children’s Literature; Jewish-Catholic Reconciliation; Gender, War, and Modern Hebrew Literature of Eastern Europe, and Abraham Cahan and the Yiddish Daily Forverts, among others.

Registration Deadline: December 31, 2014
Click here to register.


Cecile Kuznitz | (M/W) | 11:00am-1:30pm | 5 sessions
YIVO and the Making of the Yiddish Nation

Curt Leviant | (W) | 11:00am-1:30pm | 3 sessions
Avraham Reisen and the Art of the Yiddish Short Story

Beverly Bailis | (T/Th) | 11:00am-1:30pm | 6 sessions
Modernism, Gender & War in Early 20th-Century Hebrew Literature

Rakhmiel Peltz | (T/Th) | 11:00am-1:30pm | 6 sessions
A Feeling For Place: Yiddish, Ethnography, and New York’s Jewish Neighborhoods

Miriam Udel | (F) | 10:00am-12:30pm | 3 sessions
Honey on the Page: Yiddish Children’s Literature and Yiddish Culture


Magda Teter | (M/W) | 2:00pm-4:30pm | 5 sessions
Vatican II and the History of Jewish-Catholic Relations

Curt Leviant | (W) | 2:00pm-4:30pm | 3 sessions
Translating Yiddish Literature: An Introductory Workshop

Samuel Kassow | (T/Th) | 3:00pm-5:30pm | 6 sessions
Yiddish Culture in Wartime, 1939-1945

Elissa Bemporad | (T/Th) | 3:00pm-5:30pm | 6 sessions
World of Our Mothers: Jewish Women in Eastern Europe


Adam Kirsch | (T/Th) | 6:30pm-9:00pm | 6 sessions
Becoming American: Jewish Immigrant Literature

Gennady Estraikh | (T/Th) | 6:30pm-9:00pm | 6 sessions
Sensationalism and Socialism: Abraham Cahan & The Jewish Daily Forward


All classes meet at YIVO.
15 West 16th Street | New York, NY 10011-6301

Contact Jennifer Young at or 917.606.8290 with questions.