Visioconférence en anglais / Video lecture in English

« It Is Necessary for Workers to Read » : Yiddish Libraries and Political Radicalization and Activism in Interwar France

By Nick Underwood

Wednesday June 17 2020, 8 p.m. (Paris time)

Join us for Professor Nick Underwood’s online lecture in English about Yiddish-language libraries in 1930s Paris. Home to a large, Yiddish-speaking Jewish population, interwar Paris was a hub of global Yiddish culture. Multiple leftist Yiddish libraries provided communal spaces and written materials for workers and immigrants to learn about Jewish and French radical politics. Professor Underwood will describe the spectrum of leftist Yiddish-language libraries in Paris, such as the Bundist-affiliated Medem-klub and Communist-linked Kultur-lige, and explore the divisions and the collaborations among them.

Dr. Nick Underwood will join The College of Idaho as an assistant professor of history and the Berger/Neilson Chair of Judaic Studies this fall. Recently, he was a research fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan as a member of the cohort working on the theme « Yiddish Matters. » His work has appeared in several journals, and his first book, Yiddish Paris : Staging Nation and Community in Interwar France is forthcoming from Indiana University
Press.

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