IAS Collaborative

Aiden Bettine, Curator of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at Collecting Oral Histories of West Central Minnesota


Aiden Bettine is an archivist and historian who researches and teaches local history pertaining to race, gender, and sexuality in the Midwest. His community work prioritizes creating generative spaces for LGBTQ people to learn, share, and research our history. Aiden founded the LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library, a community archives and lending library in Iowa City and served as Community & Student Life Archivist at the University of Iowa.

Opening Reception: Media Archives for the Future


We are delighted to invite you to the opening reception for our 2022-23 IAS Research and Creative Collaborative, Media Archives for the Future. Please join us for an introductory discussion of this project to reimagine media archives, emerging from and connecting across our research in cinema studies, digital performance studies, and rhetorical communication.

Refreshments will be served!

Panelists: Emily Winderman (Communication Studies), Lorenzo Fabbri (French & Italian), Maggie Hennefeld (CSCL), Sonali Pahwa (Theatre Arts & Dance).


"Uncertain Together" Narrative Wellness/Writing Workshop Forum


Are you interested in narrative medicine? Has the pandemic caused uncertainty for you? Explore our collective Covid story in a virtual, small group setting with narrative medicine to share your story and hear other's experiences. Join the Project for Advancing Healthcare Stewardship for our last 2-hour forum of the year!

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.