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This lecture discusses the steps necessary to preserve and understand historic recordings and lays out a set of procedures that archivists could apply to documents, paintings and other historical materials. Video produced and sponsored by the UW-Madison Libraries. Henry Sapoznik, is the director of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture at UW-Madison, a five-time Grammy Award nominee, the executive director of Living Traditions; founder of KlezKamp, creator of the Yiddish Radio Project, and winner of the 2002 Peabody Award. Video production and editing by Mary Waitrovich of Media Plus You.


Ever since Socrates was condemned to death for exerting too strong an influence on the young, Western culture has had profoundly mixed feelings about teachers. Our own culture alternately mocks and fears professors, and popular images of teachers in film and television give us a way to understand the values, hopes, and anxieties our culture associates with education. Does the university open doors, or lock us into confining tracks? Are professors serving the public or their own huge egos? Caroline Levine, Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, takes a look at stereotypes of professors that circulate in popular culture and makes an argument that we need to be critically aware of the ways that these shape our lives and expectations. The presenter is the author of two books, The Serious Pleasures of Suspense (2003) and Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Arts (2007), and editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature.


Sherry Mayrent is a UW-Madison donor, musician and preeminent collector of rare Yiddish and Hebrew music; her collection of 78-rpm recordings is the largest and most comprehensive private collection of such period recordings in the world, representing over 7,000 unique performances, and spanning the full gamut of Yiddish culture genres commercially recorded from 1895-1955. The donated collection has been fully cataloged and meticulously transferred and digitally preserved by the Grammy award winning sound engineer Christopher King. Mayrent and Carol Master have also made a major gift for the establishment of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture at UW-Madison.