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Languages and Literatures of Sephardic and Oriental JewsProf. David M. Bunis is a world-famous expert on Ladino and Jewish languages at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He will be spending the 2013-14 academic year at the UW as a Schusterman Visiting Israeli Professor of Israel Studies, a position supported by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), the Samis Foundation, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at UW.

Please join the Stroum Jewish Studies Program and its Sephardic Studies Initiative in welcoming Prof. Bunis to Seattle. This special gathering will take place on October 9th at UW Hillel from 6:00-8:00 pm. Prof. Bunis will give a talk entitled, “Ladino/Judezmo as a Jewish Language.” The Ladino language, also known as Judezmo and Judeo-Spanish, was born in medieval Spain and matured in the Ottoman Empire and North Africa. So what’s Jewish about it? The lecture will focus on those of its features unique to its Sephardic Jewish speakers, and on those shared with Yiddish and other Jewish languages.

There will be a kosher reception following the event.

Click here to read a short profile about Prof. Bunis, including info about the exciting courses he will be teaching at the UW for 2013-14.

This event is open to the community, but advance registration is appreciated. Please register below: