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.

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 »

Doctoral students land Fulbright research awards

The grants allow students to conduct research in modern foreign languages and area studies in other countries. More »

Russian Flagship Program opens unexpected paths

Alumnus John Lyell is now studying computational linguistics in Moscow. More »

Center for the Humanities’ First Book Award supports junior faculty

Nicole Nelson (History of Science), Nandini Pandey (Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies) and Jonathan Senchyne (School of Library and Information Studies) are this year’s recipients. More »

UW-Madison alumnus Brett Schilke talks with a student. Schilke works at Silicon Valley-based Singularity University, where he is director of impact. (Photos by Sarah Morton, College of Letters & Science)

Language students draw valuable lessons from alumni

UW-Madison alumni say they have found value in their language skills — and have the careers to prove it. More »