Winter Lecture Series with Kalman Weiser

Winter Lecture Series with Professor Kalman Weiser



A series of three English-language lectures about Yiddish language and Yiddish studies. Co-presented with the California Institute of Yiddish Culture and Language (CIYCL) and Der Nister of Los Angeles.


Sunday, January 9, 2022, 2pm EST: “Di tsores mit fardreyte yidishe nemen,” How Ashkenazic Jews Got Their Names and the Troubles They Have Caused Them

Sunday, February 13, 2022, 2pm EST: "Fun vanet shtamt a yid?" New and Old Theories About the Origins of Yiddish and the Origins of Ashkenazic Jews

Sunday, March 13, 2022, 2pm EST: "Takeh, me lernt yidish do?" The Astonishing History (and Future) of Yiddish in Universities


Kalman Weiser is a sought-after speaker in both English and Yiddish on topics related to modern Jewish history, culture, and language. He is the Silber Family Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at York University in Toronto. His books include Key Concepts in the Study of Antisemitism, the expanded edition of Solomon Birnbaum’s Yiddish: A Survey and A Grammar, and Jewish People, Yiddish Nation: Noah Prylucki and the Folkists in Poland. His current research examines the role of refugee scholars from Nazi-controlled Europe in creating the fields of Yiddish Studies and Jewish Studies more broadly in England and North America.