Log Book: Yiddish Summer School 2015

Here is the daily log of the Yiddish sector of the Summer School, updated by a member of our group, stating the events that have occurred during the day, our findings, views and perspectives.

Day 1

Outline of our first impressions, our opinions of the day and a welcoming to the Global Citizenship Programme.

Credits to Meg Prindl for this log post:

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Day 2

We had our flagship lecture, where Michael Berkowitz gave us a lecture on the daily actions of Jew, exploring Global citizenship as well as learning some more Yiddish vocabulary.

Credits to Molly Hugh for this log post:

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Day 3 

Day three consisted of learning more about the Danube, enriching our knowledge of Yiddish culture in the process. In addition to learning about the entymology, history, continuity and trend changes in Yiddish culture we explored further how this links to being a global citizen.

Credits to Edoardo Lomi for this log post:

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Day 4 – 

Day four consisted of Professor Michael Stewart, from UCL Anthropology giving us a lecture on the Roma of Hungary. We explored how the government, policy and consumerism impacts on not only the notion of “Culture” but the phenomena of “culture”. After an interactive Kahoot from Stewart as well as learning extra vocabulary through our Yiddish class as well as learning about linguistics and a melting pot of ethnicities.

Credits to Remy Roberts for this post:


Day 5 –

Day five explored almost a conjectural history of the Danube, taking on an anthropological approach. Using georgraphy and history as our meanings we scratched beneath the surface and found inner meanings of the Danube observing the Holocaust, the spread and diverse dispersion of Yiddish culture. Food was definitely for thought here – learning about Yiddish cuisine, this spurred on ideas of future developments in our project and more importantly allowed us to gain a greater insight into the daily lives of the Yiddish.

Credits to Enoch Ko for this post:


Day 6

Day 6 of our project saw members putting the concept of active engagement into action. Marking the halfway point of our Global Citizenship metaphysical form of travelling along the Danube, members engaged in discussion with Joseph, now immersing them into the actual reality of culture. Not only did we learn of culture but actively engaged, exposing ourselves to a plethora of knowledge, showing the Yiddish as the global citizens that they actually are.

Credits to Layla Mostag for this post:


Day 7

Today was the last day of our languages session :(. We are deeply saddened by this, considering how fun it has been to not only learn about the Danube, but to learn about a language and how stuff like a creole, a pigeon, a dialect or a vernacular can influence someone’s way of thinking or impact on the transition of culture. Not only has that added to our reservoir pf Global citizenship knowledge but has also showed us that we are in fact global citizen linguistics.

Credits to Zahra Al-Hadi for this post:


Day 8

Today we global citizens observed the Danube from less of philosophical or anthropological perspective, but rather from a political one. Observing European countries such as Spain, Greece and Portugal, We observed how past events can shape the future and impact on society today.  We even learnt more about politics, releasing that there is far more to it than we actually knew, now taking a different approach to the world and the reality that we live.

Credits to Terence Chan for this post:


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