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Apply: “Reading Ladino/Judezmo” Summer Skills Seminar (22-26 May, Boulder CO)

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The Mediterranean Seminar and the CU Mediterranean Studies Group announce “Reading Ladino/Judezmo,” the second Mediterranean Studies Skills Seminar. This five-day hands-on course for faculty, post-doctoral scholars, and graduate students will be held at the University of Colorado Boulder, 22-26 May 2017. The Skills Seminars are planned to provide technical training to scholars working in a range of fields in Mediterranean, European and Islamic historical studies; we plan on offering a different Skills Seminar each year.

This intensive course will introduce participants to working with manuscript materials produced by Jews and conversos in the late medieval through Modern Mediterranean in Ladino or Judezmo, in varieties of the Sephardic Hebrew cursive script often known today as soletreo. The materials studied will include literary writings, personal letters, amulets and talismans, and communal documents.

The course will be taught by Prof. David Bunis, a professor in the departments of Hebrew and Linguistics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is an expert on the history and production of the Judezmo literatures, and author of several seminal books, including A Guide to Reading and Writing Judezmo, The Judezmo Language, Voices from Jewish Salonika, Languages and Literatures of Sephardic and Oriental Jews, as well numerous articles and book chapters. He has won many international awards and distinctions, and is an advisor to the Israel National Authority for Ladino and its Culture.

The course is open to MA and PhD students, postdoctoral scholars, library and museum professionals, and faculty from any institution in the USA or abroad. The minimum requirements are a solid reading knowledge of Spanish; familiarity with Hebrew script is an asset but not obligatory.

Cost is $500 for graduate students and non-tenure-track scholars, $750 for assistant professors, and $1000 for tenured faculty and professionals. Faculty and graduate students from contributing programs at CU Boulder may be eligible to receive a reduction of $250. This course will include an introductory lecture, four days of instruction, lunches, and an end-of-course dinner/party. A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course.

Travel, lodging and living arrangements and expenses are the participants’ responsibilities. Limited lodging arrangements will be facilitated by the CU Mediterranean Studies Group. We are working to secure double-occupancy accommodation in two-bedroom self-catered cabins in historical Chautauqua Park, located in Boulder, a 30-minute walk from campus, at a cost of approximately $600 for 5 nights. Some private cottages may be available for approximately $900.

Places are limited. The application deadline is October 15, and offers will be made by October 21.

On acceptance, participants will be required to make a $250 non-refundable deposit, and a $300 non-refundable deposit for accommodation (unless making independent arrangements). The balance of the accommodation cost will need to be paid by March 10. The balance of the tuition must be paid by April 15. There can be no exceptions to these requirements.

Participants will need to have arrived in Boulder by the early afternoon of 22 May, the course will conclude with a party on the evening of 26 May.

For information regarding our 2016 Summer Skills Seminar, including participant reviews, go to

To apply go to

For further information contact, the CU Mediterranean Studies Group Program Co-ordinator, Jeffrey Baron (

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