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Fri 6/12: Yiddish Poetry & Racist America: Reading & Discussion

When: Friday, June 12, 2020, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Online Internet Events, All over the world from, San Diego

Cost: Free – $15

Age limit: All ages

Description: <p>Are you aware of the Yiddish literary response to racism in America? When Yiddish immigrants arrived en masse in this country more than a century ago, it was during the Jim Crow era — a time of societal turmoil marked by racist violence against African Americans. Almost every Yiddish poet had something to say about the hatred they saw around them. Dr. Merle Bachman was one of the first Yiddish scholars to publish about this phenomenon in her 2008 book of literary criticism, &quot;Recovering Yiddishland: Threshold Moments in American Literature&quot; (Syracuse UP). Join her as she discusses the complex position of Yiddish writers who had arrived in a society where racism, not anti-Semitism, was the primary oppression, and how this is reflected in their poems: poetry that speaks to us today! Dr. Bachman will be talking in English, and the poetry we will be reading and analyzing will be available both in Yiddish and English. Please RSVP to for access to the Zoom link. For security reasons, all guests must be registered.</p>


Source: SD Reader

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