[photo] Historic photo courtesy of Henry Sapoznik

While in residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sapoznik is teaching a semester long course entitled Yiddish-American Popular Culture 1890-1950. Using period media such as 78 rpm recordings, cartoons, films, and radio broadcasts, the class examines how the nascent and vibrant culture of East European Jews arriving in American at the end of the 19th century interacted with, influenced, and portrayed simultaneously emerging American popular culture.

During his residency Sapoznik is also presenting the KlezKamp Road Show, a three day version of his renowned annual Klezmer music and Yiddish folk art festival. The event will feature concerts by national and local Klezmer performers and celebrated jazz musician Ben Sidran, as well as workshops, films, lectures, and a dance party. All events are free and open to the public.

This residency is made possible through a collaboration with the Arts Institute, the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies (and its Conney Project on Jewish Arts), the School of Music, the Folklore Program, and the Department of Theatre and Drama.