The Center for the Humanities is the primary vehicle on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus for interdisciplinary programming in the humanities.
The Center’s mission includes engaging faculty, staff, students, and the public in defining the humanities; fostering interdisciplinary and collaborative study and teaching; promoting the humanities; and nurturing connections between the community and the campus.
What do you do with a doctorate in medieval history if there are no teaching positions or you want to reach a wider audience? With a $1.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities will develop career opportunities beyond academia for humanities doctoral students. The grant also will support faculty and [...]
Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus March 20-21 to speak to Wisconsin high school students. Roy will offer the keynote presentation for the Great World Texts Student Conference, sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, and will spend the day interacting with students who have read her Booker [...]
A public humanities project that began as an effort to help Latino youth express themselves through art has produced a gigantic mural, a moving documentary, and a new Madison youth collective, thanks to a partnership between University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate students and community partner Centro Hispano. During the fall semester, three Ph.D. candidates in UW-Madison’s curriculum [...]
In forging connections with China, UW-Madison has created an international model for the university. The Innovation Office in Shanghai has opened up new opportunities for students, faculty and leaders in business and government. From the Shanghai Seminar Series to a UW account on Sino Weibo, and from technology transfer to official state visits, Wisconsin and China are closer than [...]
Growing up on Long Island, Steven Nadler played basketball, baseball, and street hockey, listened to Led Zeppelin, and rode his bicycle—a Schwinn Sting-Ray, and later, a 10-speed Peugeot—from one end of the island to the other. Nobody, including Nadler, would have guessed he’d become a distinguished scholar of philosophy and Jewish studies with a long [...]
A scholar of “medieval media studies” and a historian of modern Europe have each won a 2012-13 First Book Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Humanities. The annual award, funded by a short-term humanities grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, convenes an academic “dream team” of reviewers to help junior humanities faculty whip their first [...]
She writes candidly about being a single woman at age 39. He argues that “the second-class citizen” status of singles is unfair. Together, Kate Bolick and Michael Cobb are leading voices in redefining the social landscape. They are also old friends. On Thursday, Nov. 29, the two will appear as featured speakers in a Humanities Without Boundaries talk titled [...]
With a sweep of his pen, Abraham Lincoln changed the lives of 4 million black Americans when he signed the Emancipation Proclamation that led to the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery in the U.S. But a striking, often-overlooked campus mural by John Steuart Curry tells a part of the story that’s often forgotten. “The Freeing of the Slaves” adorns [...]
Eric Hoyt, a new Assistant Professor of Media & Cultural Studies with the Department of Communication Arts, bridges past and present with cutting-edge work in digitization that makes life easier for media historians. While pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Hoyt created Lantern, a search tool for media historians [...]
The Humanities Hackathon aimed to explore emerging computational techniques for analyzing works of art, literature and music.
Jamie Stark won a $2,000 prize funded by L&S alumnus Sidney Iwanter for his senior thesis.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host an international symposium to celebrate two of the greatest works of Spanish literature: the 14th-century Book of Good Love and the late 15th-century Celestina: Two Spanish Masterpieces and La originalidad artística de “La Celestina”. An International Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of María Rosa Lida’s Work Events will begin [...]
A group of 50 University of Wisconsin–Madison students will take on a new role Wednesday, Oct. 19, leading small groups of Middleton high school students through discussions about this year’s Go Big Read selection, “Enrique’s Journey.” Go Big Read is a common-reading program at UW–Madison that is designed to engage students, faculty, staff and the community in a shared, academically focused reading experience. It is now in its third year.
This two day capstone event for the 2010-2011 Go Big Read year will explore questions surrounding the body as property as well as the ways in which the current landscape has and hasn’t changed since the days of Henrietta Lacks.
An extraordinary public-private partnership will allow the University of Wisconsin-Madison to enhance education and research in the humanities. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the university a $10 million grant as part of an effort to preserve and enhance the humanities at public research universities that have records of scholarly and educational excellence.
Who says you have to study abroad to participate in the global exchange of ideas? The Center for the Humanities will bring two world-renowned scholars to Madison: Catherine Malabou (February 14 – March 11, 2011) and Jacques Rancière (April 3-16, 2011). The scholars-in-residence program brings visiting scholars to campus. While here, the scholars participate in [...]
The following story was submitted by Nancy Heingartner, the outreach coordinator at the Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA). You can view a Photo Gallery of Andrei Codrescu’s visit at the CREECA website. On an unseasonably beautiful Monday in early October, I had the pleasure of escorting Andrei Codrescu, a prolific writer and social commentator, to various gatherings at UW-Madison.
UW-Madison’s Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) is proud to present Andrei Codrescu, NPR commentator and prolific writer and editor. He will give a free, public lecture at the Wisconsin Union Theater, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. During his visit to Madison, Codrescu will speak with [...]
What do Francis Fukuyama’s 1989 essay declaring “The End of History” and the 1990 Jesus Jones song celebrating “Right Here, Right Now” have in common? In the hands of critic, scholar, and poet Joshua Clover, they are the starting place for a sweeping exploration of the relationship between pop music and its social context. Clover [...]
On May 6, 2010, several Madison-area high school students presented their creative writing pieces at the UW Memorial Library as part of the Telling Our Stories project.
The Year of the Humanities will come to a close during the remaining weeks of the semester and the concluding events are not to be missed.
The Center for the Humanities’ Great World Text Project is proud to build on the success of past years with the 2009-10 project: “Things Fall Apart in Wisconsin.”
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to support postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities, history and humanistic social sciences.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming special event The Humanities in the 21st Century onFebruary 3rd @5:30p in the Chazen Museum of Art, Room L160.
After a successful debut in October 2009, the Department of French and Italian troupe will perform a reprised reading of the musical comedy, La Colonie.
A number of Letters & Sciences departments are programs have started Twittering.
Join Professor Lea Jacobs (Communication Arts and Film) on December 2 at 5:30p for her talk, ‘Towards a History of Taste: American Film in the 1920s’ at the Chazen Museum of Art…
The “What is Human?” Conference, October 1-3, brought together world renowned scholars to explore the transformations and genealogies of the human from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Graduate students in the French program have been award HEX (Humanities Exposed) grants from the Center for the Humanities…
Earlier this month, a number of L&S arts and humanities programs relocated to 432 East Campus Mall (University Club).
Michael Pollan, author, essayist and Knight Professor of Journalism at UC-Berkeley, will be on campus for several events September 24-26.
With support from the A.W. Mellon Foundation, the Center for the Humanities is pleased to announce “First Book,” a new program for tenure-track assistant professors in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.
The Center for the Humanities has successfully moved to a new location.
This academic year will feature a year-long series of interdisciplinary events – “Supernatural Presences in East Asian Culture.” All events are open to the campus community and the public.
The Center for the Humanities has received a $125,000 grant from the A.W. Mellon Foundation in support of Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities.
The 2009-2010 academic year is the Year of Humanities at the UW-Madison.
The Center for the Humanities will receive a $10,000 Major Grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council to fund their high school outreach programGreat World Texts in Wisconsin.
The Center for the Humanities would like to announce the 2009-2010 A.W. Mellon/Helen C. White Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities.
On April 21, 2009, as part of the Center for the Humanities Great World Texts “The Brothers Karamazov in Wisconsin” Project, more than 400 high school students from around the state came to present capstone projects and discuss Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel.