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.
Queer Studies and Yiddish
David Shneer, z"l, professor of history and religious studies and director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, explains how he discovered the ways that queer identity and Yiddish intersected.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with David Shneer.
This excerpt is in English.
David Shneer was born in Los Angeles, California in 1972. David, z"l, died in 2020.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Queer Studies and Yiddish2 minutes 40 seconds
Early Steiner Internship Experiences3 minutes 39 seconds
David Shneer's Advice to Yiddish Students2 minutes 48 seconds
Why Yiddish? David Shneer's Advice to Students of the Yiddish Book Center's Steiner Summer Yiddish Program3 minutes 4 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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