Eugene Orenstein recently retired after a 39-year academic career in the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University where he specialized in the area of modern Jewish social and intellectual history, with particular emphasis on the Jewish labor and socialist movement in Eastern Europe and North America and the development of modern Yiddish culture. His publications include the chapter on Yiddish culture in Canada in The Canadian Jewish Mosaic (1981); numerous bio-bibliographical studies in Der leksikon fun der nayer yidisher literatur (“Biographical Dictionary of Modern Yiddish Literature”); articles in Encyclopedia of World Literature in the Twentieth Century, the biography of Herman Kruk and the analysis of his “Diary of the Vilna Ghetto,” in the Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature (The St. James Press, 2002), and the article on “Yiddish Dailies [in Canada] in History of the Book in Canada, Vol. II (University of Toronto Press, 2005). Orenstein served as an editorial consultant for the new YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, published by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Yale University Press, 2008. He has also been Guest Professor of Yiddish Language and Literature at the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Studies; the Summer Program in Yiddish Studies at the Postgraduate Centre for Hebrew Studies, Oxford University; at University College, London; the Centre for the Study of Jewish Civilization, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and at the International Yiddish Summer Program, Tel Aviv University.