Hear Milken Here

In March 2011 Updates on June 27, 2021 at 1:20 pm

Thaïs was recently featured in Milken Community High School’s podcast series featuring alumni in conversation with their former instructors. In this episode, she speaks with Ken Lasaine, her high school jazz band teacher. The audio is available for free online at this site:

“Funny Girls,” 100 Years of Jewish American Women Writers and Performers Summer 2021 Course

In March 2011 Updates on May 25, 2021 at 8:02 pm

This summer, Thaïs will be teaching her dream course: “Jewish Comedy: ‘Funny Girls,’ 100 Years of Jewish American Women Writers and Performers” (LIT 164K). This upper-division undergraduate class runs during the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Summer Session II from July 26, 2021 to August 27, 2021 on Tuesday and Thursdays from 1pm – 4:30pm. The class will be held over zoom and it fulfills the critical approach designations: Media, Power and Subjectivities and the General Education Code: ER. For more information, visit

YouTube Yiddish: A Reading from the Novel California Kvetchin’

In March 2011 Updates on April 22, 2021 at 7:44 pm

The University of California, Santa Cruz Graduate Research Symposium offers graduate students from every division the opportunity to present their research or other graduate work to the public. For the in-person live event in past years at McHenry Library, graduate students have presented their work in short talks (5 minutes) with or without slides or other visual accompaniments, large research posters, or alternative media such as video clips or software game snippets. Due to the pandemic, graduate student presenters recorded their presentations this year and they are currently available for public viewing on the Division of Graduate Studies YouTube channel.

Last summer, The Humanities Institute awarded Thaïs Miller a Graduate Summer Research Fellowship to study Yiddish through the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at YIVO.

In this short video, Thaïs presents on her research through YIVO’s program and reads an excerpt from her new novel, California Kvetchin’.