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How can a two-century-old Eastern European Jewish tradition help us grapple with contemporary catastrophes, as well as old displacements, genocides, and assimilation? Explore the ancient Ashkenazi women’s tradition of feldmestn — a practice of measuring ancestors’ burial places with candlewick, later burnt for the living and the dead — with Humanities Washington presenter Maia Brown and find out!

Brown will lead a virtual participatory presentation on Thursday, March 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Brown (she/her) is a visual artist, Yiddish musician, writer, translator, and educator. She has a background in oral history and fine art, including a Watson Fellowship to study storytelling and advocacy in South Africa and the North of Ireland.

She will share some of her own art practice and conclude with an open-ended maker space.

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