Jewish Language for All Occasions: Ladino Culture and Literature
While Yiddish expressions pepper American English and great Yiddish novels are celebrated still today, comparatively little is known about the world of the Sephardic Jewish language, Ladino. While designated by UNESCO as an endangered language, Ladino (also known as Judezmo and Judeo-Spanish) once permeated every aspect of Jewish life in Greece, Turkey, and the Balkans--not only folk culture and oral traditions but also politics and literature. This presentation traces the rise and fall of Ladino culture with special attention to the city of Salonica, once home to the largest Ladino-speaking community in the world and the most active center of Ladino publishing.
Cosponsored with the Judaic Studies Department