Humanities NOW

Last year, Humanities NOW took aimed to connect international events and national conditions, such as the Egyptian crisis and the troubled relationship of incarceration to inequality, to the concerns of residents in the state of Wisconsin. 2014-2015 will feature more exciting discussions of the intersection of the humanities and crucial global and local issues.

Past Events

Ferguson in Context: Trauma, Violence, and Citizenship

Ferguson in Context: Trauma, Violence, and Citizenship

A Roundtable with UW Faculty Wednesday, December 17, 2014 @ 5:30pm H. F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building

Join us for a roundtable discussion of recent grand jury decisions in light of historical patterns of trauma and state-sanctioned violence in the United States. From the legacies of conquest and slavery to law enforcement at the border and on our streets, UW faculty will reflect on the role of gender, trauma, and resistance in our understanding of recent events.

Aida Levy-Hussen is Assistant Professor of English at UW-Madison. She writes and teaches on the subjects of contemporary African American fiction, memory studies, and theories of identification and desire.

William P. Jones is Professor of History at UW-Madison. He is author, most recently, of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights.

Stephen Kantrowitz teaches U.S. History at UW-Madison. He is the author of books and articles on white supremacist politics and on African American and Native American claims to citizenship.

Keisha Lindsay is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Political Science at UW-Madison. Her interests include black feminist theory, black masculinities, and the gendered politics of black popular culture.

Moderated by Steve Paulson, Executive Producer of To the Best of Our Knowledge on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Incarceration and Inequality

Incarceration and Inequality

Visiting Artist and Activist and UW Sociology Professor

A Conversation with Rhodessa Jones and Pamela Oliver; Moderated by Jean Feraca 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. 

Co-sponsored by the Madison Opera and Madison Public Library. 

Facing Egypt’s Challenges

Facing Egypt’s Challenges

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 @ 5:30pm Madison Public Library, Central Branch

Join JENNIFER DERR (History, UC Santa Cruz), NÉVINE EL NOSSERY (French & Italian, UW Madison), and AMANDA ROGERS (Art History Fellow, UW Madison) for a discussion of 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.

Jennifer Derr is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research explores the contemporary history of the modern Middle East, particularly questions of political economy, the production of geography, and new forms of space during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Névine El Nossery is Associate Professor of French at UW-Madison specializing in North African literature and culture, as well as francophonie, trauma studies, and women and migration. She teaches courses in the department of French & Italian on modernity, exile, autobiography, cinema, and more. Amanda Rogers is an A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities and Institute for Research in the Humanities and teaches in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison. She is currently researching visual culture, marketing media, and political practice in North Africa. A practicing artist and photographer, she also serves as a commentator on Middle Eastern and North African politics. Jean Feraca is a 27-year veteran of public talk radio in the United States, most recently as host of the daily program Here on Earth. Her work has been committed to creating a global on-air community.