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The Jewish Studies program typically sponsors several events each academic year, free and open to the public.

Yiddish Paris on a Global Stage:
Immigrant Jewish Culture at the 1937 World’s Fair

With Dr. Nick Underwood, The College of Idaho

Dr. Nick Underwood

This talk will focus on the Modern Jewish Culture Pavilion at the 1937 World’s Fair; a virtually unknown exhibition of global Yiddish culture to explore the vitality of interwar Parisian Yiddish culture. Constructed specifically for the World’s Fair, the Modern Jewish Culture Pavilion put Yiddish Paris on the world stage and highlighted the community building power that culture had for immigrant Jews in 1920’s and 1930’s Paris.

Nick Underwood is assistant Professor of History and the Berger-Neilsen Chair of Judaic Studies at The College of Idaho. His book, Yiddish Paris: Staging Nation and Community in Interwar France was publish by Indiana University Press in 2022.

Monday, April 24, 2023
Banquet Hall, Hicks Center

Watch the lecture here.

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  • Artist Karen Schiff, “Anti-Slavery, Pro-Dreyfus: Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon as Resistance to Prejudice” (April 16, 2019)
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  • Dr. Lisa Moses Leff, Associate Professor of History at the American University in Washington, DC: “The Archive Thief: the Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust” (April 13, 2016)
  • Dr. Jonathan Freedman, Professor of English and American Culture at the University of Michigan: “Jews and Other Others: Transparent and the Remaking of Jewish Identities” Sponsored by a Mellon Community of Practice Grant (February 24, 2015 )
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