A roundtable presentation by four leaders of contemporary Sámi higher education and cultural activism: Harald Gaski, Lena Kappfjell, Veli-Pekka Lehtola, and Jelena Porsanger.
Nikiema Wendtoin Ezchial, who goes by the artist name Ezé Wendtoin, is a musician from Burkina Faso in West Africa. Since 2015 he has been living in Germany studying for his Master in German Studies, working with the “Banda Internationale”, a Dresden-based musician collective that openly protests and works against racism and xenophobia in regular concerts in refugee accommodation facilities and senior residents’ homes.
This lecture is the keynote address for the opening of the exhibit “German Iowa and the Global Midwest,” created by the University of Iowa and on display at the Max Kade Institute, April 5–27, 2018. A reception will follow the presentation.
The world-renowned Russian folk music group Zolotoj Plyos will be performing at the Memorial Union Great Hall Sunday, April 8 at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the general public.
Originally from the Saratov Conservatory, the group has traveled throughout Russia gathering and transcribing the native folk music traditions of countless communities. They perform traditional folk songs and dances, accompanied by authentic Russian folk instruments. The group’s repertoire includes folk songs and instrumental pieces from various parts of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and other areas, and also features Gypsy music, Russian popular music, and Jewish music. The members of the ensemble play more than thirty Russian folk instruments, including the bayan, chromatic and diatonic accordions, the balalaika, domra, guitar, zhaleika, clarinet, saxophone, various percussion instruments, and Russian bells. The performances provide an energetic and interactive musical experience for listeners of all ages and linguistic backgrounds.
Join us April 12–14 for three days of concerts and panel presentations with musicians and scholars from all over Nordic America and the Nordic countries. All events are free and open to the public.
–1:30pm 126 Memorial Library Panel on Recording and Performing Nordic Musical Traditions
3:15pm 126 Memorial Library Keynote Presentation Christopher Goertzen, Professor of Musicology, University of Southern Mississippi and author of Fiddling for Norway: Revival and Identity
-7:30pm University Club Concert of Scandinavian and Scandinavian American Music
-9:00am 126 Memorial Library Panel Presentation on Apprenticeships and Preservation
-10:45am 126 Memorial Library Panel Presentation on Innovation and Tradition
-2:00pm 126 Memorial Library Panel Presentation on Song and Tune Book Preservation
-3:45pm 126 Memorial Library Panel Presentation on Fieldwork and Collections Preservation
-6:00pm Reception, University Club
-7:00pm University Club Concert of Scandinavian and Scandinavian American Music
-7:30pm Folklore Village, Dodgeville, WI, Community Dance Featuring Foot-Notes of Decorah, IA.
For more information, visit http://folklife.wisc.edu/WorldRecords
The World Records Symposium is sponsored by the Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest project, the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, Mills Music Library, the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic, and the Borghesi-Mellon Workshop.
Several German alumni in different UW-Madison campus positions will explain their degree work; their positions; and their career paths. After short presentations, attendees will break into rotating small groups to discuss with alumni. This event is intended to help graduates explore university career paths beyond traditional faculty appointments.
German Day at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is now in its 29th year. Typically anywhere from 500 to 700 students taking German at middle schools and high schools from across the state give their best effort and have fun competing in spelling, poetry, Pictionary, charades, skits, music, and poster events. Each year features a different theme, which is reflected in students’ skits and posters. This year’s theme is: “Wie Deutsch mein Leben verändert hat!”
Interested in attending? Contact the organizer, Jeanne Schueller (firstname.lastname@example.org), for more information and to be added to the email list. All schools must register to attend. Registration is free. Schools limited to 25 students each.
Interested in volunteering? Please email the organizer!