Out of the Shadows

On August 30, 2015, scholars from across campus as well as across the Atlantic had a hand in “Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater,” part of the Performing the Jewish Archive project.

The project was part of a larger international research project led by the University of Leeds in England. Campus partners included the UW-Madison School of Music, the Mosse-Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, the Arts Institute at UW-Madison, and the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society.

Musical and dramatic performances brought to life the lost or forgotten works of repressed Jewish artists from places like the Czech ghettos or the Weimar Republic. Performers included actors and musicians from Wisconsin as well as Minneapolis and New York. At a “Nosh, Kibitz, and Schmooze,” event that kicked off the day, attendees were able to meet the international team of scholars and partners and hear their insights into the project. The festival featured concerts at Mills Hall, the First Unitarian Meeting House, and Promenade Hall.

“Out of the Shadows” shows the power of partnership. College of Letters & Science departments in particular are committed to partnering with other departments and campus units to create more enriching programs and learning opportunities. Because of the size and diversity within L&S, the possibilities really are limitless.