A bit of news and a fond farewell

As many of you know, the Mayrent Institute has been running on a skeleton crew for the previous 16 months with me as the only employee. Running a public outreach and research institute dedicated to preserving and teaching Yiddish culture has been an incredible challenge in every sense of the word, one that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from immensely.

So it is particularly bittersweet that I’m announcing my resignation from the Mayrent Institute effective next week. I’ve accepted another position here at UW-Madison in the Graduate School where I’ll be working on issues of graduate student funding, diversity, and inclusion across campus.

Though I’ve been the only person in the office for the previous year and more, I’ve certainly not been alone in carrying out the mission of the institute. My sincerest thanks to the Mayrent Institute steering committee for their never-ending support and dedication to the cause: Jeanette Casey (Director, Mills Music Library); Susan C. Cook (Director, Mead-Witter School of Music); Mark L. Louden (Director, Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies); James P. Leary (Professor Emeritus, Folklore); and, Joe Salmons (Director, Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures).

To the fine folks at Mills Music Library for their work on preserving and curating the Mayrent Collection, and for all of their support at Mayrent events over the years: Matt Appleby, Tom Caw, and Nathan Gibson.

To my colleagues at the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures: Ruth Olson, Anna Rue, and Hope Hague.

And of course to Sherry Mayrent for her steadfast dedication to all things Yiddish culture.

There are exciting plans in the works for Mayrent’s future, which will help ensure the Institute’s continued success. Until then, please see the following contacts if you have questions related to the Mayrent Institute or the Mayrent Collection:

For inquiries about the Mayrent Collection, including donating materials: Jeanette Casey (608-263-2721)

For all other Mayrent Institute inquiries, please contact: Ruth Olson (608-262-8180)


Wishing you all a fond farewell,