From Nov ’08 Spotlight: Gershon David Hundert, editor-in-chief of the newly published YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, will headline Chicago YIVO’s Fall Lecture. The completed Encyclopedia contains over 1,800 alphabetical entries, with more than 1,000 illustrations and 55 maps. Hundert’s lecture will take us behind-the-scenes as an internationally recognized team of 450 distinguished scholars set itself the monumental task of compiling all of Ashkenazi Jewry’s notable aesthetic, intellectual, political and religious movements.
Hundert is professor of History and Jewish Studies at McGill University in Montreal, and the author of several important books in his own right, most notably Jews in Poland-Lithuania in the Eighteenth Century: A Genealogy of Modernity. For program details, visit www.chicagoyivo.org. For directions to the lecture location (Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah in Wilmette), call (847) 256-1213, or visit their website: www.bhcbe.org.