Dovid Katz

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  20212023 Online courses (at Yivo and Workmens Circle). Webinars. Yiddish Cultural Dictionary (English-Yiddish dictionary project in progress). Lithuanian Yiddish Video Archive (LYVA)Scholar-on-board for study journeys to Lithuania.

  2020 Rubinlicht Award for Yiddish Literature (poster for 27. Dec. 2020 event). Also: Cross-Cultural Communications 50th Anniversary Award & Medal  
  2020 Mervyn Smith Memorial Lecture Series (comprising five lectures) at the Capetown Holocaust and Genocide Center.  
  20192021 Online instructor for intermediate and advanced Yiddish language and literature courses at the Workmens Circle Yiddish Program.  
  2011– Independent author, researcher, lecturer, scholar-on-board. Lecture engagements in 2011–2020 include the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center (Washington, DC); Baruch College (New York); Center for Jewish Culture at the White Stork Synagogue (Wroclaw, Poland); Congregation Agudath Sholom (Stamford, Connecticut); Fairfield University (Connecticut); ISGAP (New York); JDC (New York); JC3 (London); Kew Gardens Hills Synagogue (Queens, NY); Limmud (Parsippany, Sydney, Vilnius, Warsaw); McGill University (Montreal); Monash University (Melbourne); Musée d'Aquitaine (Bordeaux); New York Public Library; Shira Chadasha Synagogue (Melbourne); Syracuse University; Yiddish Seminar Aronsborg (near Stockholm); Temple Beth Tikvah (Greenacres, Florida); University of Adelaide (Australia); UCLA (Los Angeles); University of South Carolina (Columbia); University of Toronto; Yale University (New Haven); Yeshiva University (New York); Yivo Institute for Jewish Research (New York); York University (Toronto). Details of Spring 2016 North American lecture tour.
  2016–2020 Professor (adjunct) at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Dept. of Philosophy and Cultural Studies).  
  2015– Lecturer in Yiddish Language and Literature (and occasionally other Jewish topics) at the Jewish Cultural and Information Center (Vilnius).  
  2009– Founding editor of Defending History.  
  Spring 2011

Jan Randa Visiting Scholar at the Australian Center for Jewish Civilization (ACJC) at Monash University (Melbourne).



Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture at Vilnius University, Lithuania.

1999 Introduction of Yiddish Studies at Vilnius University.

1999–2001 Cofounder, Center for Stateless Cultures. Director of the Center, 1999-2001.

2001– Cofounder and Director of Research, Vilnius Yiddish Institute at Vilnius University.

1998– Founder / Director / Instructor / Senior Advisor, Annual European Summer Program in Yiddish Language and Literature (relocated to Vilnius in 1998; founded at Oxford, 1982).

2001–2002 Guggenheim Fellow.

2005 Director, Yiddish Educator Program at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute.

2006– Scholar-on-board for international Jewish heritage programs and tours (Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus).

2009 Director and cofounder, SLS Jewish Lithuania Program.

    2006 Leyb Rubinlicht Award for Modern Yiddish Literature (Tel Aviv).

    2005– Columnist in the Algemeyner Zhurnal (New York) [intermittent contributor, 1997-1998, 2004].

    2001–2002 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (for Yiddish literature).

    2001 Bronze Feature Award for Our Word Lives On (BBC Radio 4 produced by Tim Whewell & edited by Maria Balinska).

    1990–2010 Expeditions to document the language and folklore of aged Jewish survivors in Eastern Europe.

    1994–1998 Biweekly columnist in the Forverts (New York) [intermittent contributor, 1972-1973, 1991-1993, 1998-2002].

    1998–1999 Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Visiting Professor in Judaic Studies, Yale University.

    1998 Founder, Vilnius Program in Yiddish (annual summer program in Yiddish language and literature at the University of Vilnius). Director of Studies in 1998, 2000, 2001.

    1997 Manger Prize in Yiddish Literature (Tel Aviv).

    1994–1996 Founding editor, Yiddish Pen (Yiddish Di Pen), monthly for literature and research. Edited issues 1-27.

    1996 Zhitlovsky Prize in Yiddish Literature (New York).

    1990–1995 Founding editor of Oxford Yiddish (Oksforder Yidish), collections of research on Yiddish language and literature. Edited volumes 1 (1990), 2 (1991) and 3 (1995).

    1995 Chaim Grade Award in Yiddish Culture, Congress for Jewish Culture (New York).

    1994 Hirsh Rosenfeld Award in Yiddish Literature, Canadian Jewish Congress (Montreal).

    1987–1988 Founding editor of the Winter Studies in Yiddish series. Edited volumes 1 (Origins of the Yiddish Language, 1987) and 2 (Dialects of the Yiddish Language, 1988).

    1978–1996 (Founding) Lecturer / Fellow / Director of Yiddish Studies at Oxford.

1978–1981 Founding Instructor in Yiddish at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies (OCPHS) [later the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies].

1978 Initiation of continuous Yiddish courses at the OCPHS.

1979 Organization of the First International Conference on Yiddish Studies at Oxford.

1981–1995 (Founding) Fellow in Yiddish Studies, OCPHS.

1982–1994 Director of Yiddish Studies at the OCPHS.

1982 Founder, Oxford Programme in Yiddish (annual summer program in Yiddish language and literature at Oxford) [relocated to Vilnius in 1998]. Served as director and head instructor, 1982-1990.

1982 Introduction of the first Oxford University BA elective in Yiddish Studies (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages).

1983 Introduction of the first Oxford University Masters level electives in Yiddish Studies (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages & Faculty of Oriental Studies).

1984 Initiation of Oxford University’s doctoral program in Yiddish studies. Supervised seven PhD candidates in Yiddish studies (1984–1996).

1985 Initiator and first director of the annual Winter Symposium in Yiddish conference series. Seven Symposia held (1985-1991).

1986–1997 Fellow of St. Antony's College Oxford.

1987 Founding editor of the Winter Studies in Yiddish series. Four volumes published (1987-1991).

1990 Founding editor of the Oxford Yiddish (Oksforder yidish) series. Three volumes published (1990-1995).

1992 Cofounder, Oksforder Yidish Press (Oxford Yiddish Press) for academic works in Yiddish.

1992 Cofounder, Three Sisters Press (Rowen, North Wales) for literary works in Yiddish.

1994–1997 Cofounder and Director of Research, Oxford Institute for Yiddish Studies.

1996 Initiator and full-time instructor (Fall 1996), Oxford Yiddish Teachers Seminar.

    1986–1991 Occasional Inspector, Her Majesty's Inspectorate [for Yiddish speaking Hasidic schools in Northeast London].

    1988 Sholem Aleichem Prize for Yiddish Culture, Sholem Aleichem House (Tel Aviv).

    1980–1981 Visiting Lecturer in Yiddish (intermediate and advanced courses), Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, Columbia University.

    1982–1983 Tutor in Yiddish Language, The City Literary Institute, London.

    1980 John Marshall Medal in Comparative Philology, University College London.

    1978–1982 Doctoral candidate at University College London, London University, Departments of Hebrew & Jewish Studies and Phonetics & Linguistics. PhD, 1982. Thesis: Explorations in the History of the Semitic Component in Yiddish.

    1979 Israel Marshak Award in Modern Yiddish Literature, Canadian Jewish Congress (Montreal).

    1974–1978 Columbia University, New York. Major in Linguistics with specialization in Yiddish Linguistics. BA, 1978. BA thesis: Semantic Classes Resistant to a Yiddish Sound Shift.

    1970–1974 Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School, Brooklyn, N.Y.

    1970–1972 Founding editor, Aleichem Sholem, Yiddish-English student journal. Editor, nos. 1–5 (1972–1974).

    1967–1970 East Midwood Day School, Brooklyn, New York.

    1963–1967 Etz Chaim Yeshiva, Brooklyn, New York.

    1962–1963 PS 103, Brooklyn, New York.

    1956 Born in Brooklyn, New York.  
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