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.


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 »

English professor explores the ‘useful and sweet’ in medieval how-to texts

Lisa Cooper won a 2016-17 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore the proliferation of instructional manuals from the Middle Ages and their relationship to works of medieval literature. More »

Project connects language learners, Chinese students

Assistant Professor Bei Yang paired her Chinese language students with international students to work on service projects. More »

Zhang named Wisconsin Chinese Language Teacher of the Year

Hongming Zhang, an associate professor in the UW-Madison Department of East Asian Languages & Literature, … More »

Cinematheque’s Healy wins Arts Institute award

Jim Healy will be honored with the Joyce J. and Gerald A. Bartell Award in the Arts in May. More »

Soon-to-retire faculty member Jim Leary, professor of folklore and Scandinavian studies, peers through the liner-note section of a CD case in his office at Sterling Hall. Leary was recently nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Album Notes" for his work on the book and five CD/one DVD project Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946. (Photo by Jeff Miller, University Communications)

Folklorist (and Grammy nominee) Leary reflects on studying, sharing Midwest culture

Jim Leary, professor of folklore and Scandinavian studies, scored a Grammy nomination for “Best Album Notes.” More »

An artist's depiction of the Hamel Music Center. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2016, with the center opening in 2018. (Image courtesy Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture and Strang Architects)

Regents approve request to spend Vilas Trust funds for music building construction

The project is being funded entirely through the generosity of donors, with $5 million from the William F. Vilas Trust Estate being set aside to begin construction. More »