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March 13th, 2016

March 13th, 2016
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Register to Vilnius Yiddish Studies Program 17 July — 12 August 2016 Vilnius University
July 17-- August 12, 2016


Come study and immerse yourself in Yiddish language, literature, and culture in the only intensive Yiddish summer program in Eastern Europe at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute. This one-of-a-kind program is hosted at the renowned Vilnius University near the surviving remnants of the prewar cultural capital of Yiddish language, literature, and scholarship. Its permanent and visiting faculty consists of world-renowned experts – educators, scholars, contemporary Yiddish authors, and journalists – from Europe, Israel, Latin America, and the US.

Weekday morning classes – two 1.5 hour sessions – are offered at four levels. Level One: An intensive Elementary Yiddish language course featuring elements of grammar, literature, and folklore. Level Two: Lower Intermediate and Intermediate levels that foster mastery of Yiddish grammar, cultural literacy, and conversational Yiddish. Level Three: Intermediate level enhancing language proficiency and immersion with unabridged masterpieces of Yiddish fiction, poetry, and drama. Level Four: Upper Intermediate and Advanced levels focusing on in-depth engagement with major issues of Yiddish literature, language, and culture as well as elements of research and Yiddish scholarship.

Planned afternoon activities will include: special lectures on Yiddish and East European Jewish culture, directed Yiddish conversation sessions, Yiddish film screenings with critical introductions, select master classes in Yiddish stylistics and creative writing (for advanced level), Yiddish song and music workshops, as well as guided tours in Yiddish and English throughout Vilna (the prewar Yerusholayim de’Lita). Weekend excursions: to sites of former Yiddish life and culture (including a trip to a former shtetl and to Kovne [Kaunas]), Friday-night Shabbos-tish celebrations and more.

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