[VIRTUAL] In the Midst: Exploring Systemic Racism through the lens of Yiddish Culture

Date: February 18, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

When a Soviet Yiddish poet is inspired to pick up his pen in response to the American Civil Rights movement, what experiential resonances arise for the poet? Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, with guests Maia Evrona and Amelia Glaser, will visit Yoysef Kerler’s 1965 poem Ven Kh’volt in Alabama Zayn as an entry into a larger discussion of Jewish projections onto Black struggle in Yiddish poetry, contemporary reception of the American Civil Rights movement and the horizons—then and now—of ethnic solidarity.

Maia Evrona is a poet, writer, and translator. Her translations of Yoysef Kerler were awarded a 2019 Yiddish Book Center Translation Fellowship. She also received fellowships for her translations of Avrom Sutzkever from the NEA and the American Literary Translators Association. Her poetry was recently supported with the inaugural joint Spain-Greece Fulbright Scholar Award.

Amelia Glaser received a BA from Oberlin College in Comparative Literature in1997, an MSt. from the University of Oxford in Yiddish in 2000, and a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Stanford University in 2004. She held fellowships at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and was a lecturer in Jewish Studies and at the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Stanford University before joining UCSD's Literature Department in 2006. Her research and teaching interests include Russian literature and film, transnational Jewish literature, the literatures of Ukraine, the literature of immigration to the US, the Russian critical tradition, and translation theory and practice.

Thursday, February 18 | 5 - 6:30 pm | FREE