Florence Schumacher, Boston 2013 Publicity Chair
KEYNOTE SPEAKER ANNOUNCED FOR IAJGS CONFERENCE IN BOSTON
Aaron Lansky, the founder and president of the Yiddish Book Center
in Amherst, MA, will be the keynote speaker at the 33rd IAJGS
International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Boston on August
Mr. Lansky is responsible for revitalizing the study of the Yiddish
language and motivating hundreds of young scholars to study and
teach Yiddish. He has saved over a million Yiddish books since he
started collecting them as a 23-year old graduate student in 1980.
His mission to rescue Yiddish literature earned him a MacArthur
Foundation "genius grant" in 1985.
By collecting books once destined for dumpsters, Mr. Lansky has
been able to establish or strengthen Yiddish collections at 700
libraries in 26 countries. With help >from Steven Spielberg, his
Yiddish Book Center has digitized most of its collection, including
many Yizkor books, and posted them online. The Center now sponsors
a range of educational and cultural programs that not only preserve
Yiddish culture of the past but also bring it to younger generations
for the future. Mr. Lansky has told the story of his lifelong work
in his best-selling book, "Outwitting History", which was awarded
the Massachusetts Book Award in Non-Fiction.
Mr. Lansky will speak at the opening plenary session on Sunday
evening, August 4th. He also will be available to meet with
attendees at a Breakfast with the Experts. A special bus tour to
the Yiddish Book Center will be offered during the conference.
Besides the keynote speaker, there will be 200 lectures, workshops
and demonstrations at the conference. Access to subscription
databases at no cost and help in translating documents will be
available in theResource Center. There also will be hands-on
computer workshops and an Exhibitors' Hall with the latest tools to
facilitate family history research. Over 1000 researchers, >from
beginners to experts, are expected to attend.
Register today at www.iajgs2013.org. An early bird discount is
available until April 30. Reservations for the conference hotel,
the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel, also can be made at the same
33rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy