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.

Jan Vansina sits at his desk in 1986. (Photo courtesy UW-Madison Archives)

Vansina receives AHA lifetime achievement award

The professor emeritus is considered one of the founders of the field of African history. More »

Art Hove, administrator and campus historian, dies at 80

Hove earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at UW-Madison. More »

Associate Professor of Philosophy Michael Titelbaum, center, with CGS President Suzanne T. Ortega, left, and John McCarthy, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at University of Massachusetts Amherst and a member of the 2014 Arlt Award Selection Committee. (Photo courtesy CGS)

Philosophy’s Titelbaum wins humanities book award

The Gustave O. Arlt Award is given to a young scholar-teacher who has written a book that has made an outstanding contribution to scholarship in the humanities. More »

Construction on the $22 million Hamel Music Center is set to begin in late 2015. (Illustration by Holzman Moss Bottino Architects and Strang Architects)

New music performance center to be named in honor of Hamel family

UW-Madison alumnus George Hamel and his wife, Pamela, provided the $15 million lead gift to construct the new facility.

The Hamel Music Center will include a 315-seat recital hall, large rehearsal room and spacious lobby, while anchoring a highly visible corner of campus in the university’s East Campus Gateway. More »

Philosophy Professor Harry Brighouse meets with undergraduate student Linnea Braaten during office hours. Brighouse has written extensively on the moral and ethical responsibilities of university professors as teachers and mentors. (Photo by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

New philosophy center to focus on educational policy

Thanks to a Spencer Foundation grant, philosophy Professor Harry Brighouse is launching the Center for Ethics and Education. More »


Cohen returns to campus for Nov. 18 documentary screening

Jason Cohen’s Facing Fear was nominated for an Oscar in 2013. More »

Cronon Fund to support scholarships for FIG study abroad trips

The need-based scholarships will go to low-income, first generation and underrepresented minority students. More »

Professor of English Emily Auerbach, shown leading an Odyssey Project English class in 2010, founded Odyssey in 2003. (Photo by Jeff Miller, University Communications)

English’s Auerbach wins national award for expanding access to education

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities will honor Emily Auerbach with the Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence Distinguished Service Award. More »

Madeline Ruid serves as an Ambassador for Turkish for the Critical Language Scholarship Program. (Submitted photo)

Turkish delight: L&S student follows love of language

Madeline Ruid decided to learn Turkish after watching the 2010 FIBA World Cup of Basketball. More »

Debra and Richard Sincere, on a trip to Alaska through the Wisconsin Alumni Association. (Photo courtesy Sincere family)

Alumnus funds partnership between UW-Madison, Tel Aviv University

Richard and Debra Sincere pave the way for a new generation of students and scholars to reap the benefits of a globe-spanning education. More »