Absolut Tchotchke The Material Culture of Yiddish in America

Jeffrey Shandler is the country’s leading scholar of Jewish popular culture. A professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, he has undertaken research on many topics, including Yiddish language, literature, and culture; Holocaust remembrance; American Jewish and media; Jews and visual culture; ethnographic studies of Jewish life; and queer/gay/lesbian Jewish culture. Shandler is the author of While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust (1993), Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture (2005), and Jews, God, and Videotape: Religion and Media in America (2009), as well as the (co-)editor of Encounters with the Holy Land: Place, Past and Future in American Jewish Culture (1997), Profiles of a Lost World: Memoirs of East European Jewish Life before World War II (1999), Remembering the Lower East Side: American Jewish Reflections (2000) and Awakening Lives: Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland before the Holocaust (2002), and Entertaining America: Jews, Movies and Broadcasting (2003). 

Location: Music Room, Levis Faculty Center

Date: 2/1/10, 7:00 pm