A Yiddish scholar, singer, songwriter, actor, and storyteller, Yuri Vedenyapin has taught Yiddish language, literature, and culture at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University, Yiddish Summer Weimar, the Steiner Summer Program at the Yiddish Book Center, and several other universities, intensive summer programs, and cultural festivals. Born in Moscow, he studied acting and classical guitar, before an encounter with the Vilna-born Yiddish writer Avrom Karpinovitch inspired him to pursue an academic career in the United States. He earned a B.A. in Yiddish literature from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Yiddish studies from Columbia University in New York. This coming fall, he will be joining the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University in Montreal as Faculty Lecturer in Yiddish, and he is looking forward to being actively involved in Montreal’s Yiddish cultural life.