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By: Religion U Toronto  09-12-2011

Jean Baumgarten will be visiting professor in the DSR this coming year. Professor Baumgarten is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Centre de Recherches Historiques (CHR), Centre d’Études Juives (CEJ), in Paris, France. His primary research areas of interest are: Old Yiddish literature, popular Jewish religion and culture, the cultural history of the Ashkenazi Jewry (Middle Ages–18th century), the linguistics of Jewish languages and the history of the Jewish book in Europe (16th–18th century). Jean Baumgarten is the recipient of research grants from the University of Bologna (Italy), a Skirball Fellowship from the University of Oxford (Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies), and the Charles W. and Sally Rothfeld Research Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania (Center for Advanced Judaic Studies). He is on the editorial board of the Cahiers du Judaïsme. His main publications: Jacob ben Isaac Ashkenazi de Janow, Le Commentaire sur la Torah (Tseenah ureenah), translated and edited by J. Baumgarten, Paris, 1987, 1994, 2008; Mille ans de cultures ashkénazes (co-ed.), Paris, 1994; Récits hagiographiques juifs, Paris, 2001; Histoire d’une langue errante, Paris, 2002; Linguistique des langues juives et linguistique générale, co-ed. with F. Alvarez-Péreyre, Paris, 2003; Introduction to Old Yiddish Literature, Oxford, 2005; La Naissance du hassidisme: Mystique, rite, société, XVIIIe–XIXe siècles, Paris, 2006; Le Peuple des Livres: Les ouvrages populaires dans la société ashkénaze (XVIe–XVIIIe siècle), Paris, 2010.

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The trip consists of a three day orientation in NYC, and then three and a half weeks through Poland, including visits to Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, and Auschwitz. Lindsay Macumber was awarded the Auschwitz Jewish Centre Fellows Program: A Bridge to History, through the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC.