Meyer J Weinshel

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch. My dissertation traces the ways German-language poetry in Yiddish translation shaped modern Jewish culture in/beyond the former Habsburg Empire. In addition to incorporating my study of Yiddish literature into my doctoral research, I am actively involved in Yiddish language pedagogy.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • ABD: Germanic Studies (History PhD Minor) , University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2018.
  • MA: Germanic Studies, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2016.
  • BA (with Honors): German Studies, Macalester College , 2012 .

Specialties

  • German & Austrian Jewish Literature and Culture: 19th Century-Present
  • Modern Yiddish Literature and Culture
  • Translation Studies
  • Language Pedagogy
Courses Taught
  • GER/JWST 3633: The Holocaust - Memory, History, Narrative (Teaching Assistant)
  • Elementary Yiddish (community courses) - sponsored by Jewish Community Action
  • Intensive Intermediate German (GER 1003 Summer Session)
  • German 1004: Intermediate German (primary instructor)
  • German 1003: Intermediate German (primary instructor)
  • German 1002: Beginning German (primary instructor)
  • German 1001: Beginning German (primary instructor)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Yiddish Pedagogy Program: Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA) , 2018 - 2019
  • YIVO Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature & Culture: 2015, 2017
  • Vilnius Yiddish Institute : 2016

Research

  • National Library of Israel : 2018
  • YIVO Institute for Jewish Research : YIVO Archives, 2015, 2017

Outreach

  • Guest Speaker: Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival, Fall 2019
  • College in the Schools: 2017 - 2018
  • Holocaust and Genocide Education Outreach: 2017
Awards
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School - Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2019 - 2020
  • UMN Center for Austrian Studies Summer Research Grant, Summer 2018
  • Hella Lindemeyer Mears Fellowship, 2017 - 2018
  • FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowship: Advanced Yiddish, Summer 2017
  • GRPP (Graduate Research Partnership Program) Award - Dissertation Research in Vienna, Austria and Vilnius, Lithuania, June 2016 - August 2016
  • FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowship: Elementary Yiddish, Summer 2015
  • CLA Graduate Fellowship, 2014 - 2015