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.

The School of Music performance center will stand at the corner of Lake Street and University Avenue next to the Chazen Museum of Art. The building will contain a 325-seat recital hall and large rehearsal room. (Illustration by Holzman Moss Bottino)

School of Music unveils plans for new recital hall

The school is moving ahead with plans to construct the first phase of a new performance center at the corner of Lake Street and University Avenue. More »

William Cronon speaks to first-year students during the 2013 Chancellor's Convocation. (Photo by Jeff Miller, University Communications)

Environmental historian Cronon awarded Wilderness Society’s highest honor

The award, named for wilderness visionary Robert Marshall, is given to a private citizen who has made outstanding, long-term contributions to conservation and fostering an American land ethic. More »

Elizabeth Hennessy is a historical geographer who is teaching a course on environmental histories of Latin America this fall. (Photo by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

Environmental history, as seen through tortoises

Elizabeth Hennessy grounds her study of transnational histories in the giant tortoise of the Galápagos Islands. More »

"Gypsy Girl," one of many mosaics recovered from Zeugma, an outpost city on the fringe of the Roman Empire. Covered by colluvial deposits, the lost city was preserved much as it was the day the city was overrun by the Sasanian Persians, leaving a rich and, for the most part, undisturbed archaeological record. (Image courtesy Zeugma Mosaic Museum)

Excavation exposes Roman imperial outpost at its bitter end

UW-Madison Professor of Classics William Aylward recently completed a synthesis of the epic archaeological rescue excavation of Zeugma. More »


Welcoming our new faculty members

Each year, the College of Letters & Science welcomes a new cohort of talented scholars and researchers to our 800 member faculty. This fall, 26 new faces join our esteemed faculty. More »

Danielle Evans

‘Hip, Frank, Funny:’ A new voice joins creative writing faculty

Danielle Evans, acclaimed author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self and other stories, will join the Creative Writing faculty this year. More »

Howard Karp, pictured in 2000, died June 30 at the age of 84. The patriarch of a prolific musical family, he was a professor emeritus of piano in the UW-Madison School of Music. (Photo courtesy University Communications)

Pianist, musical patriarch Howard Karp dies at 84

The professor emeritus of piano was an internationally-renowned performer who taught generations of students. More »

An image from the title page of the First Folio, which contains 36 of William Shakespeare's plays, including Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The First Folio is considered one of the most valuable books in the world. (Photo courtesy Caro Wallis, Flickr Creative Commons)

Even at 450, Shakespeare’s ‘rich tapestry’ remains relevant

The Department of English celebrates Shakespeare’s enduring legacy in its second annual Mendota Seminar for alumni and friends this weekend. More »

Anna Zeide was one of five UW-Madison graduate students who received public humanities fellowships through an experimental program, “Engaging the Humanities,” launched by the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities. (Photo by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

Public humanities fellows add depth to local organizations

The new career training model for graduate students in the humanities is seen as increasingly important. More »

Five L&S faculty members receive Romnes Fellowships

John Ahlquist, Joshua Coon, Karl Shoemaker, Claire Wendland and John (Jack) W. Williams receive an unrestricted $50,000 award for research. More »