March 1-2, 2017
306 & 314 Royce Hall, UCLA

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UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese
UCLA Student Organizations, Leadership, and Engagement (SOLE)
UCLA Graduate Students Association
UCLA Department of History
UCLA Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies

ucLADINO Director:
Max Modiano Daniel

ucLADINO Symposium Committee:
Franny Brogan, Nitzaira Delgado García, Payton Phillips Quintanilla, Cheri Robinson

About ucLADINO:
ucLADINO is a student-run organization at the University of California, Los Angeles, dedicated to promoting the knowledge and use of the Judeo- Spanish language(s). Judeo-Spanish evolved in the Ottoman Empire and North Africa, among other regions, after the expulsion of the Sephardim from the Iberian Peninsula. Today, it demonstrates the influence of many languages, including Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, Greek, French, and Italian. Because Los Angeles is home to the second largest Sephardic community in the United States, ucLADINO is able to draw from rich local resources and collaborate with community members on weekly workshops and special events. To learn more about our komunitika, please visit, or email us at

Keynote speakers:

Monique Rodrigues Balbuena is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies in the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. Her book, Homeless Tongues: Poetry & Languages of the Sephardic Diaspora, was a Finalist for the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards in the category of Sephardic Culture, sponsored by the Jewish Book Council.

Devi Mays is Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Jewish History from Indiana University in 2013, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Modern Jewish Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her dissertation, which received the biennial dissertation award from the Latin American Jewish Studies Association, forms the basis of the book manuscript she is currently revising, tentatively entitled Forging Ties, Forging Passports: Migration and the Modern Sephardi Diaspora.