Over the course of the 2016-17 academic year, the Center brought a wide-ranging array of public intellectuals to Madison for our Humanities Without Boundaries series.
Stephen Burt addressed the paradoxes and challenges of writing for a reading public in his talk, "The Poem is You."
Writer, lecturer, activist, and author of the best-selling book Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, Andrew Solomon discussed "How Our Identities Emerge From Our Struggles: A Talk About Love."
Political theorist Wendy Brown asked, where are we and how did we get here? In her talk, she began an ongoing attempt to map the emergence of contemporary rightwing populism, nationalism and authoritarianism from the ruins of neoliberalism.
Professor of Law at Duke, Jed Purdy talked about they ways landscapes tell us about ourselves and what we have made of the world, as both record and memorial.
Food writer for the New York Times Melissa Clark spoke in conversation with Center Director Sara Guyer at Madison Central Public Library.
Margaret Atwood spoke to over 2,000 high school students and members of the Madison community about revisiting William Shakespeare's work as a 21st century novel.