Illuminating and expanding the power and relevance of the humanities, the Center’s events feature university faculty, as well as scholars, writers, filmmakers, and artists from around the world.
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Incarceration and Inequality A Conversation with Rhodessa Jones and Pamela Oliver; Moderated by Jean Feraca
Humanities NOW Monday, March 10, 2014 @ 5:30pm Madison Public Library, Central Branch
Sociologist Pam Oliver who is investigating the causes and consequences of racial disparities in the criminal justice system and Rhodessa Jones, Director of the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, speak with Jean Feraca about incarceration and inequality in Wisconsin and across the US.
Humanities Hackathon with WID’s Games+Learning+Society Group Trails Forward: Designing Games for Learning & Learning from Games
Special Events Thursday, March 13, 2014 @ 3:00pm Researcher's Link, Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.
Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 7:30pm Varsity Hall at Union South
A pioneer of the movement towards local and sustainable eating, cooking, shopping, and farming, Alice Waters has been transforming the way Americans think about food since opening Chez Panisse Restaurant in 1971.
Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, April 3, 2014 @ 7:30pm Madison Central Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin Street
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D. is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library, and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University. In July 2010, he was selected to take over the helm of the historic Schomburg Center, which is currently celebrating its 87th year. Dr. Muhammad, a native of Chicago’s South Side, is an award-winning author.
Special Events Wednesday, April 9, 2014 @ 7:30pm Town Center, Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.
A conversation about literature, science and the future with award-winning 'hard' science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, David Krakauer, and English Professor Monique Allewaert.
Humanities Hackathon with Hoyt Long Global Literary Networks: Exploring Modernist Style and Influence at the Macro-Scale
Special Events Thursday, April 10, 2014 @ 3:00pm Researcher's Link, Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.
Nellie Y. McKay Thursday, April 24, 2014 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem L160
What do sushi, food, race, and anthropology have to do with each other? Taking a scene of sushi eating in David Wong Louie's short story "Bottles of Beaujolais" as a spring board into a larger meditation on the "nature" of human eating, this paper traces the often unspoken racial logic that subtends and connects the question of who is human and what is it that we eat.
Special Events Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 9:00am Varsity Hall at Union South
Queer and Now: Rethinking Queer Theory in the Humanities A Symposium by the The Sexual Politics/Sexual Poetics Collective
Special Events Friday, March 7, 2014 @ 1:30pm College Library 2252 A-B (Media Labs)
Queer and Now brings members of the Sexual Politics/Sexual Poetics Collective to Madison to explore the cutting edge of work in contemporary queer theory alongside members of the UW Faculty working in the fields of LGBT studies, gender and women's studies, and literary and cultural studies.
Focus on Humanities Wednesday, March 5, 2014 @ 5:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140
Turkey, Iran, India, and China are historical superpowers. Today, in the early years of the 21st century, they are on the rise again. And they have been making attempts to reconnect with their imperial past.
Special Events Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @ 7:00pm Great Hall, Memorial Union
Special Events Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 11:59pm Wisconsin Public Radio
On Music, Philosophy, and Media A Roundtable with Philosopher and Musicologist Peter Szendy and UW Faculty
Special Events Friday, February 28, 2014 @ 10:30am Room 313 University Club Building (432 E. Campus Mall)
How do even the most groan-inducing "earworms" shape our everyday experience? Join philosopher and musicologist Peter Szendy and a panel of UW-Madison faculty for an informal roundtable on the theory, production, dissemination, and global dominance of the hit song.
Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, February 27, 2014 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160
Reading Kant and Carl Schmitt, we will endeavour to rethink for today the old and devalued concept of cosmopolitanism. And we will try to understand how, when politics extends to outer space, "the sensible" (to borrow Jacques Rancière's term) is distributed or redistributed on a global scale, becoming the object of a new nomos of the earth. When cosmopolitics thus have a direct effect on what we can see or hear, we are confronted with what could be called cosmetopolitics.
Special Events Thursday, February 20, 2014 @ 7:00pm Howard Auditorium, Fluno Center, 601 University Ave.
This lecture focuses on Joe Sacco's work to examine how graphic narrative is a prominent form for reporting on violence, investigating two related questions. First, what work does the visual articulation of violence do in texts about war? Second, why has drawing re-emerged as a form for reporting on war - after the age of the camera and of film - and what does this tell us about the exigencies and ethics of representation and contemporary literary and journalistic practice.
Humanities Hackathon with Paul Hansen Campus Debate: Building a Social Media Platform for Student Debates
Special Events Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 3:00pm Researcher's Link, Discovery Building, 330 North Orchard Street
Campus Debate, a start-up company founded by a UW-Madison graduate student, is building a participatory, web-based platform to host a series of competitive student debates between different universities.
Special Events Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 4:00pm Madison Children's Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St.
Special Events Saturday, December 14, 2013 @ 1:00pm Room 302, Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
Join a team of librarians and published authors for a workshop that will introduce you to the basics of self publishing online. Learn about free tools that you can use to turn your work into an eBook.
Special Events Saturday, December 7, 2013 @ 9:30am Bubbler Room, Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
Special Events Thursday, December 5, 2013 @ 3:00pm 3rd Floor Teaching Lab, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street
How can we measure, represent, analyze, and compare instances of sonic eloquence? Eddie Lee at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery's Center for Complexity and Collective Computation and Jim Brown, faculty in the Composition & Rhetoric department offer one possibility. With a tool called Sound Arguments we can represent audio clips in multiple ways in an attempt to understand the persuasive dimensions of sound.
Humanities Without Boundaries Monday, December 2, 2013 @ 7:30pm Varsity Hall at Union South
Winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, Orhan Pamuk writes fiction and nonfiction that invite dialogue and reflection on history and modernity, on national and global identities, and on gender and its politics.
Special Events Monday, December 2, 2013 @ 8:30am Union South
Special Events Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 4:00pm Banquet Room, University Club
Working on your first book? Second book? Submitting essays to referred journals? Have questions about the publishing process and/or the state of academic publishing?Join editors from Fordham University Press and the University of Wisconsin Press along with members of UW-Madison faculty to discuss publishing issues.
Special Events Thursday, November 7, 2013 @ 3:00pm 3rd Floor Teaching Lab, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street
This workshop will include both an explanation of how to use text as data, as well as a practical hands-on session using the Mallet text mining toolkit. David Mimno will discuss his work building reliable topic-mining methodologies for humanists.
Humanities NOW Tuesday, November 5, 2013 @ 5:30pm Madison Public Library, Central Branch
JENNIFER DERR (History, UC Santa Cruz), NÉVINE EL NOSSERY (French & Italian, UW Madison), and AMANDA ROGERS (Art History Fellow, UW Madison) discuss the scale and significance of the Egyptian crisis, from the historical conditions to the contemporary myths of Egypt's new political realities. Moderated by JEAN FERACA.
Special Events Saturday, November 2, 2013 @ 2:00pm Chicago History Museum
Neanderthals fascinate us: so much like us, yet not quite us. We have long known that they overlapped with modern humans in prehistoric Europe, but recent genetic evidence suggests widespread interbreeding of the two groups. Hawks presents the latest findings from the lab and field and discusses what may or may not make us uniquely human.
Special Events Monday, October 28, 2013 @ 7:00pm Varsity Hall at Union South
Humanities Without Boundaries Friday, October 25, 2013 @ 7:30pm Lecture Hall, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State Street
Robert Storr is Professor of painting/printmaking and Dean of the School of Art at Yale University. He was Curator and then Senior Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 1990 to 2002, where he organized monographic exhibitions on Chuck Close, Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith, and Robert Ryman.
Special Events Friday, October 25, 2013 @ 10:00am 4th Floor Multipurpose Room, UW Hillel Foundation Building
Humanities Without Boundaries Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160
Benjamin Franklin famously wrote the story of his life, the story of a printer's apprentice who runs away to become a statesman and a scientist. In this lecture, Lepore tells the story of Franklin's long-forgotten sister, Jane.
Special Events Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 5:30pm Central Branch, Madison Public Library (201 West Mifflin Street)
Special Events Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 2:42pm Room 460 Memorial Library (Note: a photo ID is required for entry to the library.)
Special Events Saturday, September 28, 2013 @ 3:30pm Marquee Theater, Union South
The origin of our species was surprisingly complex. We have within us the genes of ancient Africans, Neandertals, and a mysterious population known as the Denisovans. Only a relative handful of genetic changes mark humans today as different from these ancient people. So how did the characteristics of modern humans, including complex social systems, symbolic thought, and language, evolve?
Focus on Humanities Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 5:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140
We prefer to think of war as producing heroes, not corpses. Perhaps for this reason, military historians have rarely focused on the dead. Roberts argues that much can be learned about WWII's meaning for its combatants by exploring how corpses were perceived by U.S. and German soldiers, as well as military officials, French civilians, and the American public.
Humanities Hackathon with Martin Foys Small Data in a Big Way: Customizing Linked Data in Medieval Maps and Manuscripts
Special Events Monday, September 23, 2013 @ 3:30pm 3rd Floor Teaching Lab, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street
Investigating computational techniques from the sciences with humanities scholars, the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and the Center for the Humanities seek to uncover unexpected connections and intriguing patterns in music, visual art, literature and historical works.