Leaders of the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
are pleased to announce that University of Washington Professor Devin E.
Naar will deliver the keynote address at the meeting in August 2016.
Dr. Naar is a brilliant scholar and a spellbinding presenter who has
received national attention for his work in Ladino language and
literature. "The Sephardic Experience in the United States" will be one
of the key topic tracks of the 2016 conference in Seattle, which has the
third largest Sephardic population in the United States after New York
and Los Angeles.
Dr. Naar is chair of the UW Sephardic Studies Program and an assistant
professor in the school's History department. He has emerged as one of
the most dynamic, charismatic young scholars of Jewish history,
particularly the Sephardic experience. The only assistant professor ever
elected to the prestigious Academic Advisory Council of the Center for
Jewish History in New York, Dr. Naar recently launched a pilot program,
"Seattle Sephardic Treasures," dedicated to preserving and disseminating
the rich cultural and linguistic traditions of Sephardic Judaism.
Presentations, panel discussions and other events at the conference,
expected to draw upwards of 1,000 attendees >from around the world, will
take in the full global sweep of the Jewish experience, including
European migrations, Jewish families in South America, Australia, South
Africa, and Israel, as well as Jews in the Western United States.
The program committee is accepting proposals for presentations, and the
December 15 deadline is approaching. You can find formation on how to
submit a proposal >from the "call for papers" link in the "program
speakers" menu on the Conference home page at www.iajgs2016.org.
Janette Silverman, Chuck Weinstein & Phyllis Grossman
2016 IAJGS Conference Co-Chairs