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Henry Sapoznik, director of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, has retired from the University of Wisconsin–Madison after seven years of service. Since its founding, the Institute has become a nationally renowned center for Yiddish music scholarship while also fostering … Continue reading
The Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture and Mills Music Library have received a $5,000 grant from the Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation to further our ongoing efforts to catalog and preserve the Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings. The award … Continue reading
Mayrent Institute director Henry Sapoznik recently finished a translation of Victor Packer’s sound poem, “Subvey.” Click here to listen to Packer’s performance and to learn more about his life and work.
April 20-21, 2017 The 2017 World Records symposium draws on the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research’s Vitaphone films archive to explore the portrayal of popular and folk musics during the 1920s and 1930s. For more information, visit https://mayrentinstitute.wisc.edu/events/world-records-2017/
Victor Packer was born in Bialystock, Poland, in 1897 and grew up with that city’s emerging Yiddish theater. While still a child, he took part in amateur theatricals of the works of writer Sholom Aleichem. In his teens he formed … Continue reading
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm 126 Memorial Library, 728 State St. Click here for more information.
Sound Salon with Bill and Bobbie Malone: Sing Me Back Home: Southern Roots and Country Music and Lois Lenski: Storycatcher
Thursday, February 23, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm 126 Memorial Library, 728 State St. Click here for more information.
Der Shmues the Yiddish conversation group Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:00pm Reading Room, University Club 803 State St., Madison, WI
New date! October 18, 2016 7:00 – 9:00pm Wayside Dining Room University Club, 803 State St.
Our latest segment of In Record Time, produced for the nationally-syndicated WPR program To the Best of Our Knowledge, features Mayrent Institute director Henry Sapoznik telling the curious story of Charles A. Levine, the first transatlantic passenger. Through a series … Continue reading