July 15, 2013: The UW‚ÄìMadison Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture announces its new affiliation with the UW‚ÄìMadison Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures (CSUMC). The two units share a keen dedication to bringing together the popular, the vernacular, the scholarly, and to producing dynamic programming that engages communities both on and off campus.
Like the Mayrent Institute (MI), CSUMC is dedicated to the active study, documentation, and dissemination of traditional folk culture through innovative research, collections development, programs, classes, partnerships, and projects. This transition to CSUMC allows the MI to honor its core mission of strengthening research and knowledge about Yiddish culture, music, and history while, at the same time, further contextualizing Yiddish culture within the broader frame of American and Midwestern vernacular practices.
The Mayrent Institute would like to thank the Center for Jewish Studies for its hospitality over the last two years, which allowed for an important incubation within the university system. We look forward to future collaborations.