NEA taking the past into the future

Aaron Lansky is Plenary Speaker at NEA Fall 2016

2016-09-23 9:23 AM | Michelle Romero

Register now for the New England Archivists' Fall 2016 Meeting on Friday, October 14th at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. This year's meeting, "Bridging the Gaps" will explore ways the archival profession can reach across divisions and work with stakeholders to expand access to collections and document underrepresented communities and issues. Join us in welcoming plenary speaker, Aaron Lansky.

In 1980 Aaron Lansky founded the Yiddish Book Center at the age of 24 while in graduate school studying Yiddish literature. Through his studies Lansky realized that Yiddish culture and history were being lost in the United States because second and third generation immigrants could no longer reads the language. He then devoted himself to stemming the tide – collecting these discarded texts and working to reacquaint descendants of Yiddish speakers and others with them. Since that time Aaron Lansky has earned a wealth of experience. He was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant in 1986, and in 2005 authored the book Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventured of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books. Today he is still the president of the Yiddish Book Center and a passionate advocate for knowledge dissemination. During the NEA Fall 2016 Meeting, Lanksy will present, “Treasure for the Finding : The Ongoing Adventures of the Yiddish Book Center.” His talk will chronicle the Center’s latest adventures and delve into the role that archivists and librarians have in broadening the public’s understanding of our history and how that will influence our future.


How are you getting to Amherst for the NEA Fall 2016 Meeting? If you need a ride or have extra room in your car in exchange for fine company (and/or gas money) -- We've created an online, self-service carpooling sign-up sheet  where you can connect with other members looking to share a ride. Just enter your name and contact info, when and from where you're traveling, and whether you're a driver (with a car) or a rider. Then, wait to be contacted by other carpoolers, or go ahead and contact others who list pick-up locations and dates in line with your travel plans. **Please note that members are entirely responsible for making their own arrangements, including meeting times, sharing the cost of gas, etc., and for following through with their plans.**

NEA Fall 2016 Meeting
Bridging the Gaps
Friday, October 14, 2016 | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Yiddish Book Center | Amherst, MA

See you in Amherst!

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