IAS Collaborative

Ukrainian Words Project Play Reading and Story Circle


The Ukrainian Words Project features excerpts from nine new plays written by Ukrainian playwrights since the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine began the first ground war in Europe since WWII. The readings are followed by optional Story Circles where audience members can share their own stories with the company. The event includes Ukrainian refreshments.

The Politics of Aesthetics: New Books in Film Studies



Join Professors Maggie Hennefeld (CSCL), Travis Workman (AMES), and Lorenzo Fabbri (FRIT) for a joint presentation of their recently published books on cinema, aesthetics, and politics: Death by Laughter: Female Hysteria and Early Cinema (Columbia University Press, 2024);  Political Moods: Film Melodrama and the Cold War (University of California Press, 2023); and Cinema is the Strongest Weapon: Race-Making and Resistance in Fascist Italy (University of Minnesota Press, 2023).

A Step Towards a Decolonial Future: The Promises and Challenges of Reciprocal and Reparative Actions


Reckoning with the colonial complicity and legacy of institutions requires unpacking the promises and challenges of decolonial work. This talk reflects on current efforts to develop a set of culturally-responsive and historically-minded decolonial approaches to Philippine collections at the University of Michigan. 

Q&A and reception to follow.

Presented by Colonial Collections Across the University Collaborative with support from the Institute for Advanced Study Research and Creative Collaborative program.

Survival and Witness at Europe’s Border: The Afterlives of a Disaster



Dr. Karina Horsti: Government of Finland/David and Nancy Speer Visiting Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Introduced by Dr. Emily Winderman: Department of Communication Studies & IAS Media Archives for the Future Research and Creative Collaborative

Collecting Oral Histories of West Central Minnesota Reading Group: Practicalities


The fourth meeting of the "Collecting Oral Histories of West Central Minnesota" Collaborative of the Institute for Advanced Study will be a reading group on the practical dimensions of beginning new oral history collection projects. Anyone and everyone interested in telling local stories is welcome! Readings will be available in advance via Briggs Library Electronic Reserve.