Bard-YIVO Institute for East European Jewish History and CultureThe Institute for East European Jewish History and Culture, a 2012 initiative of Bard College and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, sponsors summer and winter programs of study in the culture, history, language, and literature of East European Jews. The Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture, held each summer, offers instruction in the Yiddish language and an in-depth exploration of the literature and culture of East European / American Jewry. The core of the six-week program is an intensive, 4-credit language course (at one of three levels—elementary, intermediate, or advanced) that is designed to develop proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing, as well as in cultural literacy. Instruction is based at the YIVO Institute on West 16th Street in Manhattan.
The Institute also sponsors a Winter Program on Ashkenazi Civilization during the January intersession, in which leading academics teach minicourses designed to 242 Additional Study Opportunities and Affiliated Institutes attract undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and members of the general public. Students may enroll in as many as three courses and have the option of receiving credit from Bard College.