Paula Lupkin, a professor of Art History and Art Education at the University of North Texas, gave a talk on the "Lager Landscape" of the midwest, featuring beer-inspired architecture in St. Louis, Milwaukee, and beyond. BLC faculty affiliate Jim Leary spoke on world music in Wisconsin. On Friday, panels about Fieldwork, Revitalization, Digital Tools, and Preservation featured the challenges that scholars face across the disciplines of music, folklore, language, and architecture. BLC Co-Coordinator Arijit Sen spoke on revitalization in Milwaukee, and faculty affiliate Janet Gilmore contributed to the Fieldwork panel. We were excited to host renowned architectural historian Tom Carter, who also shared his thoughts on fieldwork. Dr. Carter also played in a World Records Concert on Friday evening. On Saturday afternoon, BLC Co-Coordinator Anna Andrzejewski led a tour of Mineral Point, Wisconsin for conference participants.
Saturday morning, BLC students and faculty met for a breakout session on Architecture, in which we discussed the future of the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures program. It was a very productive conversation, and excellent ideas came out of the meeting that will carry BLC forward in the years to come.
Anna Andrzejewski (Art History, Building, Landscapes, and Culture, UW-Madison)
Susan C. Cook (School of Music, UW-Madison)
James P. Leary (Folklore, Scandinavian Studies, UW-Madison)
Joseph Salmons (Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, German, UW-Madison)
Henry Sapoznik (Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, UW-Madison)
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture and the Center for the Humanities, with support from the Humanities Without Walls consortium, based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. The Humanities Without Walls consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Exhibits at the symposium generously provided by Jeanette Casey and Tom Caw at Mills Music Library, and Lindsey Meier and Sheila Leary from the University of Wisconsin Press