[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--Undzer redaktors naye bukh: Toronto Launch Event, Oct. 18

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
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October 7, 2011

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Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2011 08:57:26 -040
From: www.ashkenazfestival.com

ASHKENAZ presents the official launch of the new book by Professor Kalman 
Weiser.,JEWISH PEOPLE, YIDDISH NATION: Noah Prylucki and the Folkists in 

*Featuring a special musical performance by Marilyn Lerner and David Wall*

Tuesday October 18, 2011, 7:30pm
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto
Tickets $10 at the door
For more information call 416-979-9901 or visit www.ashkenazfestival.com

More about the book launch:

Linguist, folklorist, journalist, and politician Noah Prylucki (1882-1941) 
was a champion of Yiddishism, a movement that promoted secular Yiddish 
culture as the basis for Jewish collective identity in the twentieth 
century. Prylucki's dramatic path - from russified Zionist raised in a 
Ukrainian shtetl, to Diaspora nationalist parliamentarian in metropolitan 
Warsaw, to professor of Yiddish the University of Vilnius in Soviet 
Lithuania - uniquely reflects the dilemmas and
competing options facing the Jews of this era as life in Eastern Europe 
underwent radical transformation. Using hitherto unexplored archival 
sources, memoirs, interviews, and materials from the vibrant interwar 
Jewish and Polish presses, Professor Kalman Weiser investigates the rise 
and fall of Yiddishism and of Prylucki's political party, the Folkists, in 
the post-World War One era.

Jewish People, Yiddish Nation reveals the life of a remarkable individual 
and the fortunes of a major cultural movement that has long been obscured.

Professor Weiser will discuss his research, present selected passages from 
the book and participate in a Q and A. Illustrating the continuing 
relevance of the Yiddishist movement, two of Toronto's leading 
interpreters of Yiddish song, Marilyn Lerner and David Wall, will present 
new musical settings of Yiddish
folksong texts collected by Prylucki himself.
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