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.


Fueling discovery: Wisconsin and the world

As the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the College of Letters & Science fuels … More »


Legendary bassist retires

School of Music faculty member and legendary bassist Richard Davis retires this spring, after 39 … More »

Culver to lead Center for Journalism Ethics

Assistant Professor Kathleen Bartzen Culver has been named director of the Center for Journalism Ethics … More »


Honors Jazz Band inspires young musicians

Johannes Wallmann is not the kind of guy who likes to rise at 6 a.m. … More »

Deshawn McKinney speaks during a public roundtable discussion titled “Ferguson in Context: Trauma, Violence, and Citizenship” held on campus in December 2014. (Photo by Bryce Richter, UW-Madison)

L&S student Deshawn McKinney receives prestigious Truman Scholarship

Deshawn McKinney, a UW–Madison English-creative writing student, activist and artist has been selected to receive … More »

Spanish professor inducted into Don Quijote Order

In April, Steven Hutchinson, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, was inducted into Sigma Delta Pi’s … More »


True to himself: L&S student Micaiah Faraj looks back

Micaiah Faraj, a graduating senior in L&S, says the road has not always been easy for him at UW-Madison. But the fifth-year creative writing major persevered, and found inspiration and resilience along the way.

This is his story–with a special treat at the end. More »

Otto Rindlisbacher at the wheel, with Iva Rindlisbacher and other members of the Lumberjacks, c. 1930s. Rindlisbacher and his fellow musicians are among those forgotten voices of Wisconsin’s cultural heritage to be digitally preserved and accessible. Photo credit: UW Digital Collection

UW-Madison awarded NEH grant to preserve historic recordings

The University of Wisconsin—Madison’s Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures and the UW-Madison … More »

UW-Madison alumna Nicole Rocklin, seen signing a poster backstage, was one of the producers of the movie “Spotlight,” which won Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28. (Photo courtesy of Nicole Rocklin)

Oscar win puts Badger alum in ‘Spotlight’

It’s just a few days after winning an Oscar, but life isn’t all that different … More »

Chalky hand meets blackboard as Daniel Erman, assistant professor in mathematics, substitute teaches a graduate-level, abstract algebra class in Van Vleck Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 3, 2016. (Photo by Jeff Miller, UW-Madison)

L&S wins 9 of 12 campus Distinguished Teaching Awards

The College of Letters & Science is proud to announce that our faculty members received 9 of 12 campus Distinguished Teaching Awards this spring.

These awards recognize the finest UW-Madison has to offer in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Our continued strong representation is another measure of our commitment to top-tier teaching and learning across the college. More »