Joshua Fogel in Conversation with Kalman Weiser



York University CJS and the UJA CFY present an online talk:



Professor Joshua A. Fogel In Conversation with Professor Kalman Weiser


The Translation of the Leksikon fun der nayer yidisher literatur


Recorded live on Zoom from Toronto, Sunday, January 29, 2023 

Professor Joshua Fogel, an expert in Chinese and Japanese history, put aside his mainline scholarly work – more or less – for six or seven years to translate 7,100 biographies from the Leksikon fun der nayer yidisher literatur. By putting the entries online, he has made accessible to the English-reading universe an essential reference work about Yiddish literature and culture that was previously little-known outside of experts. Historian and Yiddish scholar Kalman Weiser will be in conversation with Josh about what motivated him to undertake such a mammoth task, his experience as a translator, and what is to be gained and lost in such an endeavour.

Explore Joshua Fogel's translations at his blog, Yiddish Leksikon:



Joshua A. Fogel is a Sinologist, historian, and translator who specializes in the history of modern China, especially on the cultural and political relations between China and Japan. He has held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at York University in Toronto since 2005.



Co-presented by The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University
and the UJA Committee for Yiddish