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The Stations That Spoke Your Language:
Radio and the Yiddish American Cultural Renaissance

Symposium: September 6-7, 2012
Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC

Thursday, September 6, 2012

2:00 Coffee and Registration
2:30-2:45 Welcome and Introductions
  • Betsy Peterson, Director, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress [view bio]
  • Roberta Shaffer, Associate Librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress [view bio]
2:45-5:30 Panel 1
Moderator: Aaron Taub, Head, Israel and Judaica Section, Library of Congress [view bio]
  • The Listening Audience: A Profile of the American Jewish Community: Jenna Weissman Joselit, Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies & Professor of History, and Director of the Program in Judaic Studies, George Washington University [view bio]
  • Ethnic Radio and Mid-Century American Culture: Alexander Russo, Associate Professor, Department of Media Studies, The Catholic University of America [view bio]
  • The Rise of Yiddish Radio: Henry Sapoznik, Director of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, University of Wisconsin, Madison [view bio]
5:30-6:15 Reception co-sponsored by Yiddish of Greater Washington
6:15 Performance: Illustrated History of Yiddish Radio
Henry Sapoznik, Mayrent Institute, University of Wisconsin [view bio]
Peter Sokolow, Klezmer musician [view bio]
…and Special Guests!

Friday, September 7, 2012

8:30-8:50 Coffee & Registration
8:50-9:00 Welcome and Introductions
  • Betsy Peterson, Director, American Folklife Center [view bio]
9:00-11:00 Panel 2
Moderator: Laura Apelbaum, Executive Director, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington [view bio]
  • Yiddish Collections & Materials at the Library of Congress: Peggy Pearlstein, Head, Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division (Collections & Services Directorate), Library of Congress [view bio]
  • Missing the Punch Line: Mixing the Languages on Yiddish Radio: by Miriam Isaacs, Socio-linguist & Independent Scholar, Washington, DC [view bio]
  • Cantorial Music & Yiddish Radio: David Rein, Independent Scholar & early recording expert, Brooklyn, New York [view bio]
  • Yiddish Collections at the American Folklife Center: Ann Hoog, Folklife Specialist, Reference, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress [view bio]
11:00-11:20 Break
11:20-12:50 Panel 3
Moderator: Emanuel S. Goldsmith, Queens College, City University of New York [view bio]
  • Yiddish Radio in Yiddish Cinema: Alan Gevinson, Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation [view bio]
  • Yiddish Radio and the Yiddish Press: Itzik Gottesman, Associate Editor, Jewish Daily Forward [view bio]
  • Yiddish Culture and Mainstream Radio's Golden Age: Matthew Barton, Curator of Recorded Sound, Library of Congress Packard Center for Audiovisual Conservation [view bio]
12:50-2:00 Lunch on your own

Panel 4
Moderator: Max Ticktin, George Washington University [view bio]

  • Ear Training:  Yiddish 78s and the Development of an Audience for Yiddish Radio: Sherry Mayrent, Independent Scholar & Collector, Boston [view bio]
  • Can Food Sound Jewish?: Cooking, Eating, and Advertising Food on Yiddish Radio: Eve Jochnowitz, Independent Scholar & Writer [view bio]
  • Yiddish Drama and the Work of Nahum Stutchkoff: Amanda Miryem-Khaye Seigel, Librarian, Dorot Jewish Division, New York Public Library [view bio]
  • The Golden Door: American Jews, Holocaust Survivors, and the Radio Programs of the United Service for New Americans, 1947-1948: Roberta Newman, Independent Scholar, Writer, and Researcher [view bio]
4:30 Closing Remarks: Henry Sapoznik


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