A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
What is current Jewish studies?
Jack Kugelmass, professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida, discusses the nature of Jewish studies in academia today.
This interview was conducted in English
Jack Kugelmass was born in 1950 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
What is current Jewish studies?4 minutes 45 seconds
"What constitutes Jewish culture?"1 minute 20 seconds
Jocularity of Jewish Culture1 minute 33 seconds
Boundaries of American Judaism2 minutes 56 seconds
Disdain for the American Bagel1 minute 9 seconds
"An Encounter with a Completely Different Culture": Formative Experience at the Peretz school in Montreal1 minute 39 seconds
Growing up in a Protestant School District1 minute 14 seconds
Yiddish Revival2 minutes 12 seconds
How Jewish Studies has changed1 minute 5 seconds
The YIVO Institute2 minutes 57 seconds
Entering Yiddish is Entering a Wonderful World57 seconds
The Crisis and Future of Yiddish2 minutes 15 seconds
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