“Yiddish, Mawruss, you can now learn in a university…”
So begins an article in the September 30, 1916 issue of the University of Wisconsin‚ÄìMadison paper The Daily Cardinal, announcing the first Yiddish class ever offered at an American university.
Now, nearly one hundred years later, Madison celebrates another Yiddish milestone: KlezKamp comes to the University of Wisconsin‚Äôs newly founded Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture. On the heels of the highly successful 2009 KlezKamp Road Show in Madison, our new summer KlezKamp will bring to the Midwest the vitality and innovation of our world-famous winter Catskill event.
Join us for an intensive and invigorating week of Yiddish music, dance, language, and arts and culture taught by a top roster of national and local masters. be part of the historic revitalization of Yiddish in America‚Äôs heartland.
You can indeed learn Yiddish in a university‚Äîand you don‚Äôt have to be named Mawruss to do it!
Mit varmste grisn,
Henry Sapoznik, Director
Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture