The Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures is committed to the languages and cultural traditions of this region’s diverse peoples.
We foster research and the preservation of archival collections, while producing educational and outreach programs for a broad public audience. We also assist community groups, classrooms, and scholars with projects involving Upper Midwestern Cultures.
Any Wisconsinite worth his or her weight in cheese curds knows how to navigate through our state’s collection of tongue-twisting place names. Waukesha? No problem. Allouez? Please. Nanaweyah Ominihekan? Well, maybe there are a few that cause even native Wisconsinites to stumble. That’s where Pronounce Wisconsin comes in. The State Cartographer’s Office launched the online [...]
Our food writer looks to define a Wisconsin tradition while sipping a brandy old-fashioned (Chicago Tribune) Featuring the history of Wisconsin’s time-honored supper clubs and the expertise of Professor of Folklore James Leary who is also the co-director of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures.
Story by Holly Hartung, College of Letters & Science Most may associate “Foxy Lady” with the distinct guitar riffs from the Jimi Hendrix song of that same title. But participants of the Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture 2011 Tour know the “Foxy Lady” as a sea-faring vessel—well, almost. This past summer, the Foxy Lady navigated [...]
Earlier this month, a number of L&S arts and humanities programs relocated to 432 East Campus Mall (University Club).