Monday, February 11, 2013

New IU study abroad summer program in Weimar, Germany - "Yiddish Culture"

New Yiddish Culture Program

Summer Course in Weimar, Germany

The Basics
  • Landmark city in European intellectual and political history
  • Three weeks from July 15 to August 5, 2013
  • Size: 10-15 IU students
  • IU faculty director: Dov-Ber Kerler with additional on site instructors of Borns Jewish Studies Program, including Alan Bern, Diana Matut, Walter Zev Feldman, Frank London and others
  • Classes conducted in English at Ottmar Gerster Music School and the Other Muse Academy
  • 3 IU credits in GER-E 352 (CASE AH) or Y 506 (Topics in Yiddish Culture: New Yiddish Music)
  • Classroom work combined with hands-on participation in traditional and contemporary Yiddish song and dance with leading international artists and students from various countries.
  • Application deadline: March 8, 2013
  • More details: Office of Overseas Study

About the Program
This experience will integrate the high academic standards of IU Jewish Studies with the innovative approach that has made Yiddish Summer Weimar famous worldwide. The program combines a newly created, 1-week academic program in Yiddish culture and sociology with the hands-on, immersion style learning approach of Yiddish Summer Weimar. Students will sing, dance and participate in Yiddish culture.

Week 1: IU students will be with a select group of academically-qualified international students, focused on the history and sociology of Yiddish language and culture in a classroom setting.

Week 2: IU students flow into the Yiddish Summer Weimar program, working with leading international artists and scholars on contemporary and traditional Yiddish song in hands-on, participatory classes.

Week 3: The topic switches to Yiddish dance and at the same time there is a concert series of New Yiddish Music featuring musicians like Frank London and Lorin Sklamberg (Klezmatics), Dan Kahn (The Painted Bird), and many more.
Visit the Yiddish Summer Weimar website for more information. Click here to view videos from last summer's program.