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Film, Video Conversation with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

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  • Conversation with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett


  • Distinguished folklorist Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimbett discusses her life and career in folklore.

Event Date

  • January 16, 2019


  • -  Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimbett is distinguished professor emerita of performance studies at New York University and also served as chief curator of the Core Exhibition at the recently-opened POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Originally from Toronto, she received her doctorate in folklore from Indiana University and began a multifaceted career in both academic and public sector work. In addition to teaching performance studies at NYU since 1981, she has held faculty appointments the University of Texas, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. Known for her interdisciplinary contributions, her areas scholarly of interest range from Jewish culture to urban culture, popular culture and mass culture, performance studies and tourism, to ethnology, museums, folk art and food. She served as president of the American Folklore Society from 1991 to 1992 and was the Society's delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies. In 2017, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2015, she received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland from the president of Poland, an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Marshall Sklare award for her contributions to the social scientific study of Jewry. In 2008, she was honored with the Foundation for Jewish Culture lifetime achievement award, as well as the Mlotek Prize for Yiddish and Yiddish Culture, and was selected for the Forward 50, which celebrates leadership, creativity and impact.

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  • 1 hours 10 minutes 45 seconds

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  • video
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  • online text

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