The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Pepperdine University will host Sarah Abrevaya Stein for a special lecture on "Documenting Ottoman Jewish Culture: The Excavation of the First Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) Memoir" Tuesday, Mar. 11, at 4:30 p.m. at the Fireside Room.
Stein is the vice chair for undergraduate affairs of the Department of History at UCLA. She received her BA from Brown University in 1993 and her doctorate from Stanford University in 1999. Her scholarship has ranged across the Yiddish and Ladino speaking diasporas and the British and French imperial, Russian, American, Ottoman and wider Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and North African settings, but is always engaged with the reasons for and manifestations of Jewish cultural diversity in the modern period.
Stein's forthcoming book, Saharan Jews and the Fate of French Algeria (University of Chicago Press, 2014), considers how, over a century of colonialism and decolonization in North Africa, a small community of Jews in the Algerian Sahara came to leave a profound imprint on the global imagination.
An elected member of the American Academy for Jewish Research, Stein is the author of Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce (Yale University Press, 2008), winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and Making Jews Modern: the Yiddish and Ladino Press in the Russian and Ottoman Empires (Indiana University Press, hardback 2004), winner of the Salo Wittmayer Baron Prize for Best First Book in Jewish Studies for 2003 and finalist for the Koret Jewish Book Award in 2004. A Jewish Voice from Ottoman Salonica: The Ladino Memoir of Sa'adi Besalel a-Levi, coedited by Stein and Aron Rodrigue, with a translation and glossary by Issac Jerusalmi, was released by Stanford University Press in 2012.
For more information, contact Drew Billings.