Ladino, a language of the Jewish Diaspora

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Date(s) - Sunday, February 8, 2015
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Jewish Museum of Maryland

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Ladino, a language of the Jewish Diaspora Speaker Dr. Adriana Brodsky, St. Mary’s College of Maryland Sunday, February 8th at 1:00 p.m.

Included with museum admission

Explore Ladino, a Jewish language that developed in the wake of the expulsion of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492 as new Jewish communities settled in the Ottoman Empire. Professor Brodsky will introduce the history of this language and present examples of Ladino in early 20th century America, as well as old and modern Ladino songs.  Although many argue that Ladino is “dead”—especially after the extermination of entire Ladino-speaking Sephardi communities during the Holocaust—this talk shows that, in fact, this Jewish language is alive and well.

Adriana M. Brodsky, Associate Professor of Latin American History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, obtained her PhD from Duke University in 2004.  She has published on Sephardi schools in Argentina and on Jewish Beauty Contests.  Her new project explores the experiences of Argentine Sephardi youth in the 1960s-1970s.