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TALK | Yiddish in Latin America, with Rachel Rubinstein and Alan Astro
Not many in the US know that Latin America was the destination for tens of thousands of Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Mizrahi Jewish immigrants in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, nor that there were several lively centers of Yiddish culture, art, and education there. How did Yiddish writers engage with themes of race and racial difference across diverse Latin American contexts? Join Alan Astro and Rachel Rubinstein in a conversation about where in Latin America Yiddish literature and culture flourished, who some of its unsung literary figures are, and how they wrote about migration, identity, and colonialism in ways that can speak to us today in the United States.

Speaker bios are below.

This live event will be presented via Zoom and will stream live on the Yiddish Book Center's Facebook page. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience—which will allow you to submit questions—registration is required.

Mar 18, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Rachel Rubinstein
Dr. Rachel Rubinstein is the author of “Members of The Tribe: Native America in the Jewish Imagination” (2010) and co-editor, with Roberta Rosenberg, of the forthcoming volume “Teaching Jewish American Literature” (2020). She taught at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA for more than fifteen years and is currently an advisor in the Division of Academic Affairs and Student Success in the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Her parents grew up in Mexico City and are graduates of its Yiddish schools.
Dr. Alan Astro
Dr. Alan Astro, a native of Brooklyn, has taught at Trinity University in San Antonio for double-chai years. His “Yiddish South of the Border” (2003) was the first anthology that translated into English works by Latin American Yiddish writers. He co-edited, with Malena Chinski, “Splendor, Decline, and Rediscovery of Yiddish in Latin America” (2018). Astro’s volume on Yiddish writers in France and Latin America, “Autour du yiddish de Paris à Buenos Aires,” is forthcoming from Classiques Garnier (Paris).