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Keynote: "Is Isaac Bashevis Singer a Yiddish Writer?" by Aaron Lansky, founder of the Yiddish Book Center

March 27 | 5:00 PM | Harry Ransom Center Theatre

Few Yiddish writers have engendered more controversy than Isaac Bashevis Singer. For some he was a prodigious literary talent who spoke to Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike and became the first and only Yiddish writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. For others he was a shande, a disgrace who betrayed Yiddish culture to such a degree it was questionable whether he could be called a Yiddish writer at all.  In this opening address, Aaron Lansky will revisit those debates, share his own encounters with Singer, and, 30 years after the author’s death, ask whether Singer really was a Yiddish writer, perhaps one of our very best.   

General Conference

March 28-29, 2022

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM CT

Glickman Conference Center | RLP 1.302B West Conference Room

Sponsored by: Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies; Yiddish Chair, Lund University, Sweden; Harry Ransom Center