In Madison, the Center for the Humanities has become a true hub of creative inquiry and cultural life, with its flagship public lecture series, Humanities Without Boundaries, drawing large and diverse crowds for exciting Thursday evening talks throughout the year. Through this popular series, the Center has brought fiction writers, memoirists, poets, filmmakers, and food writers to campus, along with philosophers, theorists, and historians whose work crosses disciplinary boundaries and cuts through academic hierarchies.
In 2009, author Michael Pollan drew thousands out for his lecture, In Defense of Food, a collaboration with UW Libraries' campus-wide Go Big Read program. In 2011, food critic Jonathan Gold celebrated the Korean taco and the food truck craze as symbols of L.A.'s cross-cultural inclusiveness. From Michael Hardt on crisis to Errol Morris on film, the Center’s guests have elevated discourse, aroused curiosity, and encouraged audience members to inquire, critique, imagine, and engage on a wide range of topics.
Humanities Without Boundaries is made possible by the Brittingham Foundation and the Anonymous Fund of the UW-Madison College of Letters & Science.