A program of German art songs, in partnership with the German Department.
Wesley Dunnagan, tenor; Thomas Kasdorf, pianist; Benjamin Liupaogo, pianist; Paul Rowe, baritone.
Back to the Future: Tradition and Innovation in German Studies
The first Wisconsin Workshop in 1969 was organized by two prominent professors of the Department of German, Jost Hermand and Reinhold Grimm (†2009), to focus attention on an under-researched topic in German culture, the so-called Golden Twenties. Its workshop character—offering plenty of time for discussion and an interdisciplinary focus on literature, theater, music, and visual arts—would become hallmarks of succeeding workshops. Moreover, almost every workshop led to a published volume of essays, an extraordinarily rich source of scholarship that traces the evolution and shape of German studies since 1970. Although its founders never imagined this format would become a model with such longevity, it has inspired many such events at other universities to enhance scholarly exchange, both within German studies and beyond.
The 50th Wisconsin Workshop is planned as a celebratory event to honor two senior emeriti of the UW German program, Prof. Jost Hermand, who co-founded the Workshop in 1969, and Prof. Klaus Berghahn, who created the Center for German and European Studies in 1998, now in its twentieth year with generous funding from the German Academic Exchange Service. We intend to explore their legacy in this 50th Workshop, but our aim is both retrospective and prospective. In showcasing the rich history of a Wisconsin tradition that is known worldwide for its cutting-edge agenda, we have invited young and mid-career scholars who are defining and transforming the terms of debate in the field from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives. At the same time, we wish to recognize the work of the giants on whose shoulders we stand, specifically the contributions of Profs. Hermand and Berghahn. We see this 50th Wisconsin Workshop as an opportunity to celebrate the history of the University, of the German Department, and the continuous process of sifting and winnowing enshrined in the Wisconsin Idea.
A display in the Memorial Library lobby documents this important tradition of public engagement with scholarship that has marked the work of the founders as well as their colleagues and students who have contributed to its success.
The 50th Wisconsin Workshop, organized by B. Venkat Mani and Marc Silberman, is free and open to the public.