IAS Collaborative

Hysteria, Hypnosis, and Hallucination: Silent Cinema Shorts with Live Music Featuring Dreamland Faces


In the early 20th century, filmmakers were frequently compared to hypnotists, enticing hysterical movie audiences with wild collective hallucinations! In these rarely seen films curated by UMN’s Maggie Hennefeld, a woman is hypnotized by a Svengali, a jealous lover practices tele-hypnosis to defeat his rival, an overworked housemaid has sleeping sickness, a female coach drive can’t believe her eyes, an obsessive inventor gives us a sneak preview of Zoom, and cinematography offers a miraculous cure to hysterical amnesia.

Preserving and Disseminating Oral History Collections (Reading Group)


The first meeting of the new “Collecting Oral Histories of West Central Minnesota” Collaborative of the Institute for Advanced Study will be a reading group discussion centered on the preservation and dissemination of oral history collections. What are the best archival practices? How can we encourage the pedagogic, scholarly, and community use of existing oral histories? Anyone and everyone interested in telling local stories is welcome! Readings will be available in advance via Briggs Library Electronic Reserve.

The Nature of Shoreham Yards (on view through May 15)


THE NATURE OF SHOREHAM YARDS is an installation envisioned by artist GUDRUN LOCK featuring the in-process work, research, and explorations of a motley collective of thinkers and makers. The focus of these efforts are the buffers of an active 230-acre train and trucking facility in Northeast Minneapolis, called Shoreham Yards. Both polluted and full of life, the buffers interface in dynamic ways with the neighborhoods surrounding them, and are potent sites of potential transformation. 

Big River Continuum: River Sense Conversations Open House + Panel


Big River Continuum: Cohort Conversations

It is one thing to know about a river, and yet another altogether to consider the river itself as a way of knowing. The Big River Continuum is a Mississippi-long artist residency exchange that amplifies the interconnectedness of cultures, research, water and land through collaboration between the multimedia artist KAREN GOULET (WHITE EARTH OJIBWE) from the Mississippi headwaters

Maidens, Matriarchs and Moneymakers: The Women of North Korea



The images we see from North Korea often feature men: soldiers, scientists, bureaucrats and of course, Kim Jong Un. Less clear is the role women play in North Korea — at home, in the workplace and on the battlefield. Join the IAS Collaborative, Gender and Violence: Korea and Beyond on Friday, March 25 for a talk with journalist Jean H. Lee on women in everyday life in North Korea, the fog of propaganda, and on the challenges of carrying out research and reporting on the world’s most isolated nation.