AMHERST, Mass. – The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will inaugurate a new series of lectures by advanced Ph.D. students on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. at the institute, which is located at 758 North Pleasant St. in Amherst.
Hannah Pollin-Galay, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Jewish history at Tel Aviv University and has most recently been developing her dissertation as a graduate fellow in residence at the institute, will discuss “Language, Culture and Testimony: A Case Study of Lithuanian Jewish Survivors and Their Video Testimonies.”
Her doctoral project explores how language, place and culture shape the narration of the Holocaust in oral and audio-visual testimonies. In addition to writing her dissertation, Pollin-Galay lectures in Yiddish language and culture at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
Pollin-Galay holds a B.A. from Columbia University in English and Yiddish literature and an M.A. in Jewish history from Tel Aviv University. Over the course of her studies, she has received a Fulbright Fellowship, a Rotenshtreich Fellowship for Excellence in the Humanities and a Shoah Foundation Research Residency.
Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the institute’s website: http://www.umass.edu/ihgms.