Yitskhok Niborski lecture online - Abraham Sutzkever: The Living Poet

The Yiddish Book Center has put a video of a recent lecture of Yitskhok Niborski online here.

"In memory of the celebrated Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever, who passed away in January, this Yiddish-language lecture focuses on the poet's early works and his second collection Valdiks (From the Forest, 1940) in particular. Professor Yitskhok Niborski discusses these early writings in light of Sutzkever's biography and contextualizes them within an analysis of the later periods of his literary creativity. Zachary M. Baker (Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections, Stanford University Libraries) translates the talk into English.

This lecture was organized by Stanford Unversity student Isaac Bleaman as the final event of his National Yiddish Book Center Cultural Fellowship. This program enables former Book Center interns to bring cultural programming back to their own campuses, and is funded in part by the Righteous Persons Foundation, the Covenant Foundation, and the Estate of Ruthe B. Cowl. This event was co-sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, with support from the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, and the Department of Comparative Literature.

Yitskhok Niborski (Medem Biblotheque and Institute Nationale des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris) was born in Buenos Aires in 1947 and raised in a Yiddish-speaking home. Since settling in Paris in 1979, Professor Niborski has been a key figure in the development and leadership of the Paris Yiddish Center-Medem Library. He has taught language and literature courses at the Université Paris VII and intensive Yiddish programs in Brussels, New York, Oxford, and Vilnius. His books include the Diccionario yidish-español (1979), Verterbukh fun loshn-koydesh shtamike verter in yidish [Dictionary of Hebrew- and Aramaic-Origin Words in Yiddish] (1999), Dictionnaire yiddish-français (2002), and Vi fun a pustn fas [As From an Empty Barrel] (1996), a collection of his prose and poetry written between 1964 and 1995."