UA Yiddish festival includes lectures, films

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona is presenting a Yiddish festival of lectures and films this spring, coordinated by Gil Ribak, the Schusterman Postdoctoral Fellow in Judaic Studies.

The festival began earlier this month with a lecture on Yiddish theater.

On Monday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m., Alyssa P. Quint will present “America in Yiddish, Yiddish in America,” a lecture exploring American Yiddish culture of the early 20th century beyond the lenses of World War II, the comic image of Yiddish among English speakers, the radical politics associated with Yiddish and the highbrow perceptions of the Yiddish elite.

Quint teaches Yiddish literature and culture at Columbia University and is a contributing editor at Tablet magazine and co-editor of “Arguing the Modern Jewish Canon.” Her talk will be held in the Student Union Kiva room.

Films in the series include “Amerikaner Shadkhn” (“American Matchmaker”) on March 2 and “Unzere Kinder” (“Our Children”) on March 30 (both in room 206 of the social sciences building), and “A Gesheft” (“The Deal”) on April 27 (room to be announced). All screenings are at 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.fp.arizona.edu/judaic.