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.


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 the 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 »

L&S students head abroad to learn critical languages

Seven L&S students have been selected for the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program this summer. More »

UW-Madison has ranked among the leading U.S. research institutions in producing Fulbright scholars and fellows. (Photo by Jeff Miller, University Communications)

12 L&S students land Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides recipients with funding for a full academic year of study, research or assistant teaching abroad. More »

Prolific American artist Jim Dine (left) photographs his bronze sculpture, titled "Ancient Fishing," as it is being installed near the front entrance of the Chazen Museum of Art this week. (Photo by Bryce Richter, University Communications)

Chazen receives gift from prolific American artist Jim Dine

“I knew him.” Jim Dine Skulls, 1982-2000 opens to the public on Friday, May 16. More »

English, history student wins UW System liberal arts essay scholarship

Kristen Romes is one of three winners of the competition, which supports and promotes liberal education throughout the state’s public university system. More »