12/4 EVENT | Ladino Day 2022: The Future of Ladino
Sunday, December 4, 2022, 10:00 am PST - 11:30 am PST
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Scholars, writers, and language activists working to preserve and revitalize Ladino join UW’s Devin E. Naar, Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies, in conversation regarding the future of the traditional language of Sephardi Jews.
On the tenth anniversary of Ladino Day, UW’s Sephardic Studies Program presents four experts from different generations, all working to revitalize Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), the traditional language of Sephardic Jews.
The program will feature, in conversation with Devin E. Naar, Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies:
- Karen Gerson Şarhon — editor-in-chief of the Ladino language publication El Amaneser
- Nesi Altaras — editor of Avlaremoz, a Turkish-Jewish online magazine
- Rachel Amado Bortnick — founder of the Ladinokomunita online community
- Eliezer Papo – Ladino scholar featured in the documentary “The Last Sephardic Jew”
View the recording here.
About the speakers
Born and raised in Sarajevo, Eliezer Papo‘s research centers on Hebrew/Jewish oral literatures, with specialization in the field of Sephardic literatures (oral and written, rabbinic and secular). His book And Thou Shall Jest with Your Son: Judeo-Spanish Parodies on the Passover Haggadah, received the prestigious Ben-Tzvi award. Dr. Papo published around 50 articles, in 10 different languages, about different aspects of Sephardic culture and literature, as well as four works of fiction — one in Ladino and three in Serbo-Croatian.
About the facilitator
Devin E. Naar is the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies, Chair of the Sephardic Studies Program, Associate Professor of History, and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. As chair, Naar has spearheaded a project to collect, preserve and disseminate the rich Sephardic and Ladino historical, literary and cultural heritage. After serving as a Fulbright fellow to Greece, his first book, Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece, was published by Stanford University Press in 2016. The book won the 2016 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Research Based on Archival Material and was named a finalist in Sephardic Culture. It also won the 2017 Edmund Keeley Prize for best book in Modern Greek Studies awarded by the Modern Greek Studies Association. As a fellow in the Society of Scholars at the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington in 2013-2014, Dr. Naar began his second book project, Reimagining the Sephardic Diaspora. He conducts research in Judeo-Spanish, Greek, Hebrew and French.
Supported by the Lucie Benveniste Kavesh Endowed Fund for Sephardic Studies
Cosponsored by the Departments of History, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, and Spanish & Portuguese Studies at the University of Washington, as well as Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, the Seattle Sephardic Network, Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation, Sephardic Heritage International (SHIN) DC, the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America, and the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington (TACAWA).
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