Nov 08, 2022
At In geveb we are proud not only to sustain and grow scholarship in our field but also to create editorial positions that are valuable professional development and learning opportunities for emerging scholars. To that end, we’re thrilled to include in our team an undergraduate intern, Alexander Stern who will work on many tasks from designing and publishing our newsletter to offering insights and ideas for our pedagogy section from a student perspective. We look forward to all that our new team member will do to strengthen our publication, and to all that we will learn from and with him through this mentoring experience.
Alexander’s position is supported by the Center for Career Advancement at the University of Chicago and the Joyce Z. and Jacob Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago.
My name is Alex. I’m a third-year undergraduate at the University of Chicago, by way of Los Ángeles. After a bit of academic reshuffling over the past two years, I’ve decided on an Urban Studies major— and a (dramatishe muzik…) Yiddish Studies minor.
A year and a bit ago, with some other language classes under my belt, I enrolled in Elementary Yiddish in the hopes of connecting to one of my family’s ancestral tongues. In so doing, I not only began a journey of speaking, writing, and reading Yiddish, but I was also able to pull back the curtain on a slew of music, literature, and sociopolitical traditions that resonated deeply with me. Right now, I’m studying Intermediate Yiddish, tallying new tenses and vocabulary, while conducting an independent project: a Yiddish-forward biography of famed printmaker Todros Geller using sources from around the city of Chicago.
When I’m not zikh lernen Yiddish, I’m cracking jokes with my sketch comedy troupe or brain-deep in coding audio and video for psycholinguistics research.
I look forward to working as an Editorial Intern for In geveb. I’m eager to wade into the vibrant and vital waters of present-day Yiddish scholarship and discourse.
A great, big zayt gezunt. Signing off for now.