University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin Historical Society homepage WCFTR homepage
WCFTR Conference About WCFTR Collections Contact How to search the archive collections

On, Archives! and the Symposium on Broadcasting in the 1930s

On, Archives Poster

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 the future.

A few photos are below; also see our photo gallery.  On, Archives!

Professor Emeritus Tino Balio addresses the group Tuesday morningProfessor 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.

Dr. Hugh Chignell introduces the Symposium on Broadcasting in the 1930s: New Media in a Time of CrisisDr. Hugh Chignell introduces the Symposium on Broadcasting in the 1930s: New Media in a Time of Crisis.

Professor Matthew Bernstein regales the audience with his keynote on his work on Hollywood producer Walter Wanger in the Wisconsin ArchivesProfessor Matthew Bernstein regales the audience with his keynote on his work on Hollywood producer Walter Wanger in the Wisconsin Archives.

Symposium keynote speaker Dr. Kate Lacey caught in a more casual moment Symposium keynote speaker Dr. Kate Lacey caught in a more casual moment in Michele and Bruce's garden, post-conference.

Professor Marc Vernet brings some French dynamism to his keynote address on ThursdayProfessor Marc Vernet brings some French dynamism to his keynote address on Thursday.

Graduate student volunteers Chris Cwynar and Josh Shepperd man the front deskGraduate student volunteers Chris Cwynar and Josh Shepperd man the front desk.

Conference participants conveneConference participants convene: from back to front, Andreas Fickers, Dorinda Hartmann, Maxine Ducey, Kelley Conway, Jeff Smith, Hugh Chignell, Jamie Medhurst.

WCFTR Conference

Sponsors

Contact Information

Professor Vance Kepley
Department of Communication Arts
Director & On, Archives! Organizer
Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research
University of Wisconsin - Madison
vikepley@wisc.edu
608-262-2547

Heather Heckman
Interim Director
Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research
heckman@wisc.edu
608-262-9706

Copyright © 2007-2011 WCFTR
WCFTR Home page Wisconsin Historical Society University of Wisconsin-Madison