An Evening with Award-Winning Poet and Activist Irena Klepfisz.
Dr. Irena Klepfisz is a Yiddish poet, writer, activist, academic, translator and the recipient of the 2016 Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Award. She is the author of A Few Words in the Mother Tongue, Dreams of an Insomniac: Jewish Feminist Essays, Speeches, and Diatribes, and co-editor of The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Women’s Anthology, and Jewish Women’s Call for Peace: A Handbook for Jewish Women on the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict. She served for many years as Yiddish editor for Bridges magazine and has been a long-time activist whose work addressed homophobia in the Jewish community, women and peace in the Middle East, and secular Jewish identity. She taught for 10 years at Bedford Correctional Facility for Women and has been teaching Jewish Women’s Studies for 30 years at Barnard College.
–Irena is coming to meet Columbia Yiddish students and community to talk about her life as a Yiddish celebrity.