On, Archives! and the Symposium on Broadcasting in the 1930s
Our gala conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wisconsin
Center for Film and Theater Research, On, Archives!, in conjunction with
the Symposium on Broadcasting in the 1930s, took place July 6 to 9, 2010.
Four days of keynote addresses and panels on media history and archiving
went smoothly and a highly productive time was had by all. About
100 presentations were made, with over 150 in attendance. Beside
the US and Canada, participants hailed from England, Wales, Scotland,
Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal, and Switzerland.
Most agreed that it was highly gratifying to attend a conference at which
history occupied the center stage.
Our keynote speakers Tino Balio, Marc Vernet, Kate Lacey, and Matthew
Bernstein each provided a perspective on media history and its archival
connections that enlightened and stimulated the conference discussions. Many
participants visited the archives, and some stayed on to do research.
Sincere thanks to all the participants for helping us celebrate this
memorable occasion. We hope to see you back in Madison again in
A few photos are below; also see our photo gallery. On,
Professor Emeritus Tino Balio addresses the group Tuesday morning, telling
the story of the origins and growth of the Wisconsin Center for Film
and Theater Research.
Hugh Chignell introduces the Symposium on Broadcasting in the 1930s:
New Media in a Time of Crisis.
Matthew Bernstein regales the audience with his keynote on his work on
Hollywood producer Walter Wanger in the Wisconsin Archives.
keynote speaker Dr. Kate Lacey caught in a more casual moment in Michele
and Bruce's garden, post-conference.
Marc Vernet brings some French dynamism to his keynote address on Thursday.
student volunteers Chris Cwynar and Josh Shepperd man the front desk.
participants convene: from back to front, Andreas Fickers, Dorinda
Hartmann, Maxine Ducey, Kelley Conway, Jeff Smith, Hugh Chignell, Jamie