FIF: Dr. Elizabeth Loentz on “The Meaning of Yiddish in Jewish Identity”


We are pleased to invite Dr. Elizabeth Loentz from the University of Illinois at Chicago to speak on “The Meaning of Yiddish in Jewish Identity.”

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
11:30am- 1:00pm
Lunch will be served

Niagara Foundation-Chicago office
205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 4240
Chicago, IL, US, 60601

Elizabeth Loentz is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Studies of Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on German-Jewish Studies, Yiddish in Central Europe, transnational and migrant literature, and women writers. She is the author of Let Me Continue to Speak the Truth: Bertha Pappenheim as Author and Activist (Hebrew Union College Press). Better known as Freud and Breuer’s case study of hysteria “Anna O,” Pappenheim later founded the German-Jewish women’s movement and was a social worker and activist engaged in the anti-trafficking movement, work with unwed mothers and at-risk girls, and aid for Eastern European Jewish refugees and immigrants. Prior to her doctoral studies (during Germany’s first ‘refugee crisis’ in the early 1990s), she taught German to unaccompanied refugee minors at Haus Chevalier, a Clearing-House for unaccompanied refugee minors in Hallbergmoos, Germany. Loentz is currently writing a second book on “The Meaning of Yiddish in 20th Century Germany.” She studied Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania (BA/MA) and the Ohio State University (Ph.D.).

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