Scholar to present lecture on Ladino-Spanish Jewish dialect

Sam Fore Hall, room 108 - 10/31/18 - 11/05/18

Contact: Julie Navejar or 361-593-2590

            KINGSVILLE (October 31, 2018) — Sigma Delta Pi at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will present a featured speaker, Dr. Miguel Bedolla, researcher in the Policy Studies Center at University of Texas at San Antonio. His presentation for Coloquio en Español (Colloquium in Spanish) will be Un breve vistazo a los origenes del idioma español y las diferencias entre el Djudezmo y el Ladino de los Judios Españoles. It will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in room 108 of Sam Fore Hall. The presentation will be conducted in Spanish.


            Bedolla is a scholar doing research on the Sephardic presence in the Nuevo Reino de Leon, what is now Northeastern Mexico and South Texas. He began to study the topic many years ago because his maternal lineage in this region begins with the arrival of the first Sephardim after the middle of the 16th century.


            Others of his Sephardic ancestors arrived as soldiers with Hernan Cortes in 1519 and immediately after the conquest of Tenochtitlan, their descendants moved north and married into the Sephardic families of the Nuevo Reino de Leon.


            Because of his immediate connection to the topic of his research, Bedolla has not published most of it because it is very personal. He has published several articles that bear on the history of the region and the descendants of the Sephardim. They include two in the Journal of South Texas, “The Gonzalez Ancira from Northern Coahula and the War against the French: Oral Tradition and Written History and OwnershipandUse of the Land, and the People of the Province of Nuevo Santander in the Report of 1795 of Félix Calleja”.


            He also published “My Family History in the Journal of the Society for Crypto-Judiac Studies and “Two Letters of Santiago Viduarri” in the now defunct journal El Mesteño.


            Bedolla holds a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Mary’s University; an MD from Universidad de Nuevo Leon, a doctorate from The Ohio State University and an MPH from the University of Texas.