Dr. Agi Legutko

    Dr. Agi Legutko is the Taube Jewish Heritage Tours Academic Advisor. She is a lecturer in Yiddish and the director of the Yiddish Language Program at Columbia University in New York. She specializes in modern Yiddish literature, women and gender studies, and spirit possession in Judaism. Her research interests also include identity, trauma, memory, performance and the body represented in modern Jewish culture. She has lectured widely in the US and Europe on Yiddish literature and culture as well on the history of Polish Jews and the revival of Jewish life in Poland. Dr. Legutko received her PhD in Yiddish studies with distinction from Columbia University in 2012 and is currently working on her book that explores the trope of dybbuk possession in modern Jewish cultures. Her publications include Krakow’s Kazimierz: Town of Partings and Returns, a historical guidebook to the Jewish Quarter of Kraków, (published in English and Polish, 2004, 2009); and articles on dybbuk possession, modern Yiddish literature and culture, and on Yiddish poetry. She returns to Poland every summer to be part of the Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków, is a board member of the Friends of the Krakow JCC Association, and is thrilled to be affiliated with the Taube Center.