From food and social justice to Holocaust memory and American history, the University of Colorado Boulder Peak to Peak series brings CU Boulder scholars into conversation with audiences and communities across Colorado and beyond. 

Exploring influential historical figures and events and enduring human questions, these online learning opportunities are offered through the CU Boulder Program in Jewish Studies in partnership with the Office for Outreach and Engagement Arts and Humanities Initiative and communities and organizations across Colorado including: Corazón de Trinidad Creative DistrictGarfield Public Library District, Trinidad Carnegie Public Library, Western Colorado University, Aspen Jewish CongregationBoulder JCCKavod on the Road, and Temple Aaron in Trinidad.

2022-2023 Peak to Peak Program

Nick Underwood

Yiddish Paris: Creating a Jewish Nation Between Two World Wars

An Evening of Learning and Conversation with Dr. Nick Underwood
Monday, September 19, 2022
7:00pm (MT) | Zoom Webinar

How did Yiddish culture become the basis for Jewish life in France during the 1920s and 1930s? How did Jewish emigrants from communist, socialist, and other backgrounds come together in Paris to create a new type of diasporic Jewish nationalism through theater troupes, choruses, and a pavilion at the 1937 World’s Fair, insisting on the ability of Jews to retain their distinctive identity even in a French state known for demanding the assimilation of immigrant and minority groups?

Join Professor Nick Underwood (Berger-Neilsen Chair of Judaic Studies and Assistant Professor of History at the College of Idaho) and Professor Elias Sacks (Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at CU Boulder) as they explore these questions and celebrate Underwood’s new book, "Yiddish Paris: Staging Nation and Community in Interwar France" (2022).

Dr. Underwood received his PhD in History (with an endorsement in Jewish Studies) from CU Boulder in 2016. Prior to joining the College of Idaho faculty, he held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Michigan and the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a member of the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project.

2021-2022 Peak to Peak Program

Webinar Concert Series

The Program in Jewish Studies and College of Music offered three online concerts during fall of 2021. The concerts blended performance and discussion facilitated by Dr. Yonatan Malin.

Contemporary Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song

Contemporary Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song
with Adah Hetko and Zoë Aqua

Monday, September 20, 2021

Traditional Klezmer Music

Traditional Klezmer Music
with Cookie Segelstein and Josh Horowitz

Monday, November 15, 2021

Middle Eastern/North African Jewish Poetic Songs (Piyyutim)—From Pulpit to Pop Chart

Middle Eastern/North African Jewish Poetic Songs (Piyyutim)—From Pulpit to Pop Chart with Dr. Galeet Dardashti
Thursday, December 2, 2021