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Mayrent Institute Event (virtual): “On Translating Yiddish: New Ventures in the American Yiddish Press”

March 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture presents

On Translating Yiddish: New Ventures in the American Yiddish Press
A panel discussion with Madeleine (Mindl) Cohen, Jordan Finkin, and Jessica Kirzane

Thursday, March 10 
3:00 PM (Central)
Via Zoom – Please register in advance using the following link:

About the speakers 

Madeleine (Mindl) Cohen is academic director of the Yiddish Book Center and director of the Center’s fellowship program for Yiddish literary translators. She is also the translation editor of the Center’s annual digital translation issue of its magazine, Pakn Treger and a member of the review board for White Goat Press, the Center’s publishing imprint. Mindl has a PhD in Comparative Literature with an emphasis in Jewish Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked with In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies since its founding, as translation editor, chief editor and now as president of In geveb’s board of directors.






Jordan Finkin is rare book and manuscript librarian at the Klau Library of Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. A scholar of modern Yiddish literature, he is the author of numerous scholarly essays and monographs, most recently a study of the Yiddish poet Leyb Naydus entitled Exile as Home. Dr. Finkin serves as the Co-Director of the Hebrew Union College Press and is also the founder and director of Naydus Press, a non-profit publisher of Yiddish literature in English translation.







Jessica Kirzane is the assistant instructional professor of Yiddish at the University of Chicago and the editor-in-chief of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies. Her academic writing has appeared in the Journal of Jewish Identities, Zutot, American Jewish History, Middle West Review, and elsewhere, and her translations have appeared in Jewish Currents, Columbia Journal, Pakn Treger, and elsewhere. Kirzane was a 2017 Translation Fellow and a 2018 Pedagogy Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center and serves on the faculty of the Great Jewish Books program of the Yiddish Book Center. She is the translator of three works by Miriam Karpilove: Diary of a Lonely Girl, or the Battle against Free Love (Syracuse University Press, 2020), Judith: a tale of love and woe (Farlag Press, 2022), and A Provincial Newspaper and Other Stories (Syracuse University Press, forthcoming).




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March 10
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm