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2016-2017
 

6/1/17  Iwanter Prize Recognizes Excellence in Undergraduate Humanities Scholarship

Recent graduate Isaiah Stock (B.A. ’16, Political Science) has received the 2017 Iwanter Prize for Undergraduate Scholarship, an annual award administered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for the Humanities...

5/25/17  Center for the Humanities Recipient of Evjue Foundation Grant

The Evjue Foundation Board has awarded a generous grant to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Humanities to develop and strengthen the Center's public humanities programming in the 2017-18 year...

3/16/17  Margaret Atwood to Speak with Wisconsin High School Students

What started as a way to connect high school students throughout Wisconsin reached a record high this year. More than 1500 students from 26 Wisconsin high schools read William Shakespeare's The Tempest. As part of the program each year, students come to Madison to hear a keynote address given by an acclaimed author associated with the selected text. This year, Margaret Atwood delivered the keynote address...

12/8/16  Award Helps Junior Faculty Reach Milestone Crucial to Achieving Tenure

The Center recently announced three recipients of the First Book Award for the 2016-17 academic year--scholar of American literature and critical race studies Brigitte Fielder, global environmental history researcher Elizabeth Hennessey, and historian of early America Gloria Whiting...

 

2015-2016

 

6/20/16  Center for the Humanities Recipient of Evjue Foundation Grant

The Evjue Foundation Board has recently awarded a generous grant to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Humanities to develop and strengthen the Center's public humanities programming in the 2016-17 year...

5/23/16  Iwanter Prize Recognizes Excellence in Undergraduate Humanities Scholarship

Classics and Art History double major Maggie McLaughlin (B.A. ’16) has won this year’s Iwanter Prize, a $2,000 prize awarded annually by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Humanities for the best and most exemplary humanities-oriented undergraduate senior thesis...

2/3/16  Great World Texts Program Journeys to High Schools Across the State

More than 1200 Wisconsin high school students, from areas as diverse as Bonduel, Janesville, and the Milwaukee Public School system, are in the process of reading a novel that many Americans have never heard of: a classic novel of sixteenth-century China, Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West. Thanks to a major grant awarded by the Wisconsin Humanities Council to UW-Madison’s Center for the Humanities...

11/18/15  Award Helps Junior Faculty Reach Milestone Crucial to Achieving Tenure

For most assistant professors in the humanities, the key to tenure is publishing a major academic book. UW-Madison’s Center for the Humanities provides a boost to junior faculty in this pivotal endeavor, and announced three recipients of its First Book Award this week—historian of the recent life sciences Nicole Nelson, classics researcher Nandini Pandey, and scholar of print culture Jonathan Senchyne...

 

2014-2015

 

06/18/15  Sara Guyer Named Next President of the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes

Center for the Humanities’ Director and Professor of English Sara Guyer has been selected to be the next president of the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI). CHCI is a leading international network for humanities research, education, and public scholarship. Founded in 1988, the Consortium includes 220 members from 25 countries from across North America, Western Europe, the Mediterranean, East Asia, Australia, and Africa...

06/16/15  Sherman Wins Center for Humanities' Iwanter Prize

Recent graduate Alexander Sherman (B.A.’15, English and Mathematics) has won the annual $2,000 Iwanter Prize, administered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for the Humanities for an outstanding interdisciplinary humanities-based senior thesis...

06/15/15  Humanities by the Numbers Global Consortium Meets at UW-Madison

Numbers matter, but so do individuals. Data is incredibly useful, but not without context.  There is a long history of numerical thinking in the humanities, but what counts, and why we count, are complex questions that neither software nor equations nor modeling can adequately explain. These were some of the arguments presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI), hosted this year by UW-Madison’s Center for the Humanities June 5-7...

04/13/15 Three-Day Program to Celebrate the Legacy of Wisconsin's Own Paramout Records

From April 23-25 2015, The Center for the Humanities will present The Rise and Fall and Rise of Paramount Records, a three-day program exploring the music, history and artists of Wisconsin’s own Paramount Records. Special guests include Dean Blackwood owner of Revenant Records and Executive Producer of The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, and Amanda Petrusich, author of Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78 RPM Records(2014)...

03/16/15 Wisconsin High School Students Tackle Freedom and Equality

On March 25, five-hundred high school students from fourteen towns and cities across Wisconsin will convene on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to discuss some of the most pressing issues of our times. Their point of departure? The writing of 18th-century political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, ‘father of democratic theory.’...

12/10/14 L&S 2014 Year in Review 

The College of Letters & Science is built on the pillars of pathbreaking research, life-changing teaching and conscientious public service. Each year, L&S faculty, staff and students embrace this three-part mission, and 2014 was no different. Here is a sampling of the stories that made the past year one to remember in UW-Madison’s largest academic unit...

 

2013-2014

 

02/19/2014 UW Center for the Humanities Announces Six Public Humanities Fellowships at Organizations and Programs Throughout Madison

For the second year in a row the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities will place graduate fellows in staff positions at cultural institutions across Madison, where they will contribute their knowledge and skills toward the development and support of new and existing programs, while gaining professional experience outside of the university...

02/19/2014 American Council for Learned Societies Announces Public Fellow Position Hosted by UW Center for the Humanities and Wisconsin Public Radio

The UW Madison Center for the Humanities and Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) are pleased to announce their selection as co-hosts for the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities...

02/06/2014 Sci-Fi Legend Kim Stanley Robinson to Judge National Flash Science-Fiction Contest

Legendary science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the award-­‐ winning Mars Trilogy, will select the winners of a national flash-­‐science fiction contest. Three winning stories will be turned into radio plays directed by Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation), and dramatized by the Los Angeles-­‐based Ensemble Studio Theater. Winning entries will be aired on over 175 radio stations across the country on Wisconsin Public Radio’s nationally syndicated show, To The Best of Our Knowledge. The deadline for submissions is March 1...

11/12/13 Nobel Prize-Winning Author to Speak to Wisconsin High School Students

700 High school students and 45 teachers from across Wisconsin will gather in Madison on December 2 for the ninth annual Great World Texts student conference. This year, Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk will be in attendance to speak with students and respond to the work they present—to him and to one another—in response to his novel, Snow...

10/29/13 Award Supports Junior Faculty on the Road to Publication

The Center for the Humanities announced winners of the First Book Award for junior faculty this week. Historian Emily Callaci and German scholar Hannah Vandergrift Eldridge will each have the opportunity to hand-pick a group of senior scholars to provide guidance and feedback on their evolving manuscripts...

 

2012-2013

 

04/17/13  Mellon Foundation Awards Grant to Develop New Careers for Humanities Ph.D.s

What do you do with a doctorate in medieval history if there are no teaching positions or you want to reach a wider audience? With a $1.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities will develop career opportunities beyond academia for humanities doctoral students. The grant also will support faculty and students who reach out to the public with their work...

03/05/13  Indian author Arundhati Roy to Visit

Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus March 20-21 to speak to Wisconsin high school students. Roy will offer the keynote presentation for the Great World Texts Student Conference, sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, and will spend the day interacting with students who have read her Booker Prize-winning novel...

02/01/12  UW Faculty Dissect Growing Relationship with China

In forging connections with China, UW-Madison has created an international model for the university. The Innovation Office in Shanghai has opened up new opportunities for students, faculty and leaders in business and government. From the Shanghai Seminar Series to a UW account on Sino Weibo, and from technology transfer to official state visits, Wisconsin and China are closer than ever before...

12/03/12  Award Turns First Manuscripts Into First-Rate Books

A scholar of "medieval media studies" and a historian of modern Europe have each won a 2012-13 First Book Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Humanities.

The annual award, funded by a short-term humanities grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, convenes an academic "dream team" of reviewers to help junior humanities faculty whip their first book-length manuscript into tip-top shape for publication....

10/18/12 UW Prof's Award-Winning 'Slow Violence' Gives Voice to Global Struggle

The cover of Rob Nixon's new book features black smoke, drifting across a dreary cityscape.

The title, "Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor," hints at grim topics within: radiation contamination, toxic drift, the destruction of ecosystems and communities to make way for dams or mines.

But the book, which has just won the 2012 American Book Award, locates triumph and hope in the voices of those bearing witness to these dangers. By framing a discussion of "slow violence" - insidious, long-term threats to people and landscape - against a global body of literature, Nixon reveals the critical role of writer-activists in the fight for environmental justice around the world...

08/23/12  "Hacking" to Bridge a Divide

David Krakauer, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), explained to a roomful of humanities scholars that for too long, the disciplines of math and science have been growing apart from the study of art, music, philosophy and literature...

 

2011-2012

 

03/21/12   Prison reading groups liberate minds, UW grad students find.

Jose Vergara, a graduate student in the UW-Madison Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, remembers how the Oakhill Correctional Institution inmates in his reading and writing group reacted to a short story called "Blue Notebook #10," by Daniil Kharms...

02/07/12   First Book Award lends crucial support to junior faculty.

From the time they are hired, humanities faculty members begin working to turn the dissertation that earned them a Ph.D. into a book that will earn them tenure.  But it’s not as easy as handing pages over to a publisher...

03/01/12     Communicating Danger Across 10,000 Years.

01/31/12   UW English professor urges environmental writers to "tell stories no one else can tell."

12/12/11  Public humanities project proves literacy isn’t limited to the page.

02/07/11      Panel explores WikiLeaks fallout.

09/29/11    UW humanities faculty, library share insights, ancient manuscripts with high school teachers.

10/19/11  Wisconsin Book Festival author is world traveler, UW-Madison dad.