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Join us for an online conversation between Professor David Bunis, internationally renowned expert on the Ladino language and chair of Ladino Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Dr. Devin E. Naar, Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies and chair of the Sephardic Studies Program at the University of Washington.

About this event

As a world-renowned authority on Ladino (also known as Judezmo) at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Professor David Bunis has dedicated his career to documenting and analyzing Ladino, and inspiring generations of students to take an interest in this endangered Sephardic language.

What led Professor Bunis, originally from New York City and interested in Yiddish, to delve into the realm of Ladino? What people, places, and experiences most shaped his scholarly trajectory? What major insights has Professor Bunis gleaned along the way? And what does the future hold for Ladino?

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About the speaker

David BunisDavid Bunis is the chair of Ladino Studies at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was a visiting professor at the University of Washington in 2013-2014. He is the world’s leading authority in the field of Ladino linguistics and one of most notable instructors of the language in the world. Professor Bunis received his Ph.D. in linguistics from Columbia University and has published extensively on Ladino, including in the fields of sociocultural linguistics, language and politics, and translation studies, including the translations of important Ladino texts from the 16th to 20th centuries. He has also authored a highly regarded Ladino language textbook and is an expert in soletreo, the traditional Sephardic Hebrew cursive script.