As part of our countdown to the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies’ 40th anniversary Gala on May 13th, we are sharing a special video series focusing on individual stories related to UW Jewish Studies. In this clip, we hear from Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano, a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies. Oscar is the 2013-14 Mickey Sreebny Memorial Scholar in Jewish Studies and a member of the Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship. A chance encounter with Prof. Devin Naar, Chair of the Sephardic Studies Program, helped to change Oscar’s research direction towards Ladino and Sephardic culture.

Thinking Forward with Jewish Studies: Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano


Curious to find out more? Come to the Jewish Studies Spring Research Symposium on Friday, May 2 to hear Oscar present his research project on the poetry of Yehuda (Leon) Behar alongside other Graduate Fellows. You can also read two recent blog posts by Oscar:

My Winter Quarter in Istanbul (March 2014)

Learning Ladino, a Language I Already Knew (Jan. 2014)

Stay tuned for more videos sharing the stories of UW Jewish Studies’ amazing students, faculty, and community supporters as we continue celebrating our 40th anniversary!


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