S2 E6 Picnicking at the End of Empire + Around AHA 2024

Sarah Abrevaya Stein presents her History Unclassified piece "Eating on the Ground: Picnicking at the End of Empire" on the picnicking practices of Sephardic Jewish communities in the late Ottoman Empire. Then History in Focus producers take you around the bustling corridors of this year's American Historical Association annual meeting in San Francisco.


S2 E6 transcript

In this Episode

  • Sarah Abrevaya Stein (Professor of History at UCLA; Viterbi Family Endowed Chair in Mediterranean Jewish Studies; Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director at Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies)
  • Various conference attendees
  • Daniel Story (Host and Producer, Digital Scholarship Librarian at UC Santa Cruz)
  • Conor Howard (Producer, PhD Candidate in History at Indiana University, Bloomington)
  • Matt Hermane (Producer, PhD Candidate in History at Indiana University, Bloomington)



  • “Eskidara” performed in Los Angeles in 2019 by a Ladino ensemble comprised of musicians Simone Salmon, Elizabeth Kerstein, Alyssa Mathias, Sam Robertson, Sasha Strelnikoff, Brandon Wallace, Alexandra Yoralian, and Lilia Yaralian. Arranged and directed by Simone Salmon. Used by permission.
  • "Missirlu" by Jack Mayesh
  • Music from picnic scene in 1921 film “Camille”

By Blue Dot Sessions


  • Produced by Daniel Story, Matt Hermane, and Conor Howard
  • Audio engineering and transcription support by Phoebe Rettberg