Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, March 30 -31

Sunday, March 30, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Commons Center, Multipurpose Room
Keynote Address, followed by reception

Helmut Smith, Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of History at Vanderbilt, Introduction

Hillel Kieval , Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought (Washington University in St. Louis), "Imagining the Jewish Cultural Nation in Europe: From the 1905 Revolution to the First World War."

Monday, March 31
All sessions to be held in 123 Buttrick

9:00-10:30 a.m.
Jewish National Fermentation: Peretz, Gordin, and a Yiddish Theater

Chair: Edward Friedman (Vanderbilt)

Michael Steinlauf (Graetz College), "Hope and Fear: Y. L. Peretz in 1905-06."

Barbara Henry (U. of Washington), "The Accidental Nationalist: Jacob Gordin."

Joel Berkowitz (SUNY, Albany), "The Many Languages of Modern Yiddish Drama."

10:45-12:15 p.m.
Modernism, Nationalism, and the Production of Jewish Culture

Chair: Barbara Hahn (Vanderbilt)

Jeffrey Veidlinger (Indiana U), "From Helsingfors to Czernowitz: Jewish Conferences on the Russian Margins."

Ellen Kellman (Brandeis), "The Afterlife of the Kultur-Lige in Interwar Poland."

Allison Schachter (Vanderbilt), "Gender and the Jewish Nation: Jewish Modernism in the Interwar Period."

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Redefining Jewish Nationalism: Post-Holocaust Yiddish Culture

Chair: David Wasserstein (Vanderbilt)

Kathryn Hellerstein (U Penn), "Gender and Nation in 1945 Poems by Kadya Molodowsky and Malke Heifetz Tussman."

Robert Adler-Peckerar (UC Berkeley), "Theaters without Audiences: The Turkow Brothers and the Internationalization of Yiddish".

Anna Shternshis (U Toronto), "Is Yiddish Still a Language of Jewish Nationalism in Eastern Europe?: Yiddish Culture in the Post-Soviet Space."


Sponsors: Jewish Studies Program, American Studies Program, Department of English, Department of History, Dean of Arts and Science, Max Kade Center for European and German Studies, Robert Penn Warren Center, Division of Public Affairs, Department of Communication Studies