Excerpt below is from the full article on the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies website:
"Molly Fitzmorris (I. Mervin and Georgiana Gorasht Scholar):
Molly will be a first-year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics. She completed her MA thesis, “The Last Generation of Native Ladino Speakers? Judeo-Spanish and the Sephardic Community in Seattle,” at the University of Washington in the spring of 2014, and she will continue to focus on Seattle Ladino for her doctoral research. Molly helped to organize the first International Ladino Day in Seattle, and is very much looking forward to this year’s celebration. For the Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship, she plans to expand her work with the Ladineros, the members of a unique Ladino conversation class in Seattle, and to begin work with other speakers of Seattle Ladino in order to gain a better understanding of the state of the language today."