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.

Farid Masrour calls Kant his favorite philosopher of the early modern period. (Photo by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

Masrour looks into the mind’s eye

New Assistant Professor of Philosophy Farid Masrour studies the philosophy of perception. More »

Four L&S students receive Fulbright awards for doctoral research

The students will use their grants to conduct research in other countries for six to 12 months. More »

Jonathan Gray joined the UW-Madison Department of Communication Arts in 2009. (Photo courtesy Department of Communication Arts)

Gray joins Peabody Awards Board

The professor of media and cultural studies in the Department of Communication Arts is one of three new board members. More »

Matthew Brown received his Ph.D. in African Languages and Literature from UW-Madison in May. (Photo by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

Nollywood offers unique glimpse into Africa

Matthew Brown studies the Nigerian film industry, which is the second largest one in the world by film production. More »

Seven international centers to share $3.4 million in federal grants

The latest round of awards recognizes and maintains UW-Madison’s national reputation in international research, education and outreach. More »

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 »