For more than a century, everything related to the history and use of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) has been a matter of disagreement among scholars. In this talk on the Ibero-Romance language used by Sephardi Jews in the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean in the 16th through mid-20th centuries, Borovaya will offer a history of the Sephardi vernacular and elucidate some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding the language.

About the Speaker: DR. OLGA BOROVAYA is currently a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. She has taught at Stanford, Johns Hopkins, UC Davis, and other universities. Borovaya’s research focuses on Sephardi history and Ladino print culture in the Ottoman Empire. She is the author of numerous articles and two books: Modernization of a Culture (Moscow, 2005, in Russian) and Modern Ladino Culture: Press, Belles Lettres, and Theater in the Late Ottoman Empire (Bloomington and Indianapolis, 2011). Borovaya is a co-organizer of and contributor to the Digitized Ladino Library at the Sephardic Studies Project, Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University.


Olga Borovaya (Stanford)


Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA)


Maurice Amado Seminar in Sephardic Studies

Sponsored by the
UCLA Center for Jewish Studies

Cosponsored by the
UCLA Department of History
UCLA Viterbi Program in Mediterranean Jewish Studies