News

February 24, 2016
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Yiddish instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. With its initial offering in the fall semester of 1916, UW–Madison became the first university in the country to offer Yiddish-language instruction.
November 24, 2015
Mayrent Director Henry Sapoznik tells the history of Yiddish radio in Wisconsin beginning with Milwaukee station WISN first Yiddish-language broadcasts in 1929. Recorded for University Place on Wisconsin Public Television on July 15, 2014 at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. http://wpt.org/University-Place/viskonsin-yiddish-radio-badgerland
November 24, 2015
Henry Sapoznik discusses best practices for preserving historic sound recordings in this video produced and sponsored by the UW-Madison Libraries and the Humanities Research Bridge project.     
October 7, 2015
The Yiddish Daily Forward recently featured an article about the Mayrent Institute’s acquisition of the Thomas Lambert cylinders. Click here to read the story!
July 8, 2015
The Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture has acquired the twelve earliest known cylinder recordings of Yiddish music, released c.1901 by the one-time Chicago-based Thomas Lambert Company. The recordings enhance the Institute’s offerings in combination with the Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings, a repository of over 9,000 78rpm recordings of Yiddish and Jewish music, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mills Music Library.
November 17, 2014
We are very excited that Mayrent Institute Director Henry Sapoznik is included in the prestigious Forward 50 list this year.