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The Man who never threw anything away: Moses Gaster and his World

Thursday 27 November

Sir Moses Gaster


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Christian and Jewish Tombstones from ancient Zoara/Zoora

Monday December 1st


For more lectures see our Autumn lecture programme

What's Jewish About Jewish Folklore?

Publication date: Mar 18, 2014 5:36:30 PM

Start: Mar 20, 2014 6:15:00 PM

Itzik Gottesman, Yiddish Forward

Thursday March 20th

Jewish Folklore

Itzik Gottesman has a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife, (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1993), an MA in Folklore (University of Pennsylvania, 1991) and a BA in English, (University of Pennsylvania, 1979).

He has been Associate Editor of the 'Yiddish Forward Newspaper', New York from 2000 until the present and was the editor of 'Di Zukunft' literary journal, the oldest Yiddish publication (founded in 1892) from 2001- 2007. Before that he was Assistant Professor, Yiddish Language and Culture, Dept. of Germanic Languages, University of Texas at Austin (1991-2000), Instructor, Yiddish Language, Dept. of Germanic Languages, University of Pennsylvania (1986-91) and Archivist, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (1981-1986).

He has taught courses and led workshops on Yiddish Folklore, East European Jewish Folk Music, traditional Yiddish song, Yiddish language, East European Jewish Intellectual history, Yiddish culture and Jewish music. From 2010 to the present he has been Director of “An-sky Jewish Folklore Research Project‟ at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, NYC, including directing the website "Yiddish Song of the Week" to highlight rare Yiddish folksong recordings. He is the author of a book, 'Defining the Yiddish Nation: The Yiddish Folklorists of Poland' (2003) and numerous articles.

Drinks reception (kosher wine) from 6.15pm Haldane Room, Wilkins Building, UCL Gower Street London WC1E 6BT

Lecture 6.45pm Pearson lecture theatre G22, Pearson Building NE entrance


For more events, see our Lectures Programme for Spring 2014.   

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