Archive: Humanities & The Arts

News from the arts, creative programs and humanities in the College of Letters & Science. From History to English and the performing arts to the languages, the humanities are a key component in the liberal arts tradition.

Mayrent Institute home to oldest surviving Yiddish music recordings

The institute recently acquired 12 Jewish cylinder recordings from the Chicago-based Thomas Lambert Company. More »

Art history students turn colonial ledger into Smithsonian exhibit

The ledger of a colonial tobacco merchant now holds a prominent place in a new exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution, thanks largely to the work of Professor Ann Smart Martin and her students. More »

(Photo courtesy Department of Communication Arts)

Communication Arts’ Lopez honored as Outstanding Woman of Color

Lori Kido Lopez studies the ways minority groups use media in the fight for social justice. More »

Sherman wins Center for Humanities’ Iwanter Prize

The annual award, established by alumnus Sidney E. Iwanter, is for an outstanding interdisciplinary humanities-based senior thesis. More »

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Humanities by the numbers:
Global consortium meets at UW-Madison

The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes met at UW-Madison for the first time, signaling an increasing spotlight on the outreach projects and humanities scholarship happening through the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities. The theme explored the possibilities, and limitations, of numbers. More »

World premiere expresses music professor’s feelings about species extinction

In 2012, when University of Wisconsin-Madison music Professor Laura Schwendinger started working on her second … More »

Artist Alfredo Jaar has produced more than 60 monumental public interventions that confront political violence, poverty, exploitation and imbalances of power. (Photos by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

Artist, journalist expound at humanities event

MacArthur Award-winning artist Alfredo Jaar and war crimes journalist Thierry Cruvellier spoke to students, faculty and members of the public. More »

Amish families travel to church services in the Kingston/Dalton settlement in Green Lake County, Wisconsin. UW-Madison Professor Mark Louden is working to dispel misunderstandings about the Amish and Mennonite communities. (Photo © Brian Sprague)

German professor helps open doors to Wisconsin’s ‘Plain’ communities

Mark Louden serves as a cultural mediator on a range of issues affecting Pennsylvania Dutch-speaking communities across the state. More »

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (iStock image)

Disability studies workshop invites community to share perspectives

The year-long workshop is part of an ongoing program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with a matching gift from UW-Madison alumni Nancy and David Borghesi. More »

Curatorial Lab to debut art exhibition May 1

(n)either (n)or brings together 11 artists whose works in video, photography, and painting address liminality as a persistent condition of contemporary art practices. More »