Renowned science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the award-winning "Mars Trilogy," will select the winners of a national flash-science fiction contest co-organized by Wisconsin Public Radio's nationally syndicated show "To the Best of Our Knowledge" and the Center for the Humanities and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Madison residents can join with others around the globe this weekend in "The Makerthon" - a collective act of digital creativity as people join together to create an online novel.
Lea Jacobs is still getting used to trekking between her familiar office in Vilas Hall and her new one on the third floor of Bascom Hall. The walk is worth it. Since being named associate dean for the arts and humanities in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School, Jacobs has enjoyed many new opportunities for faculty and student engagement.
With “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” Wisconsin Public Radio has the chance to explore big ideas and big issues in depth. That’s why Stephanie Youngblood, a doctoral candidate in English and one of the first cohort of Public Humanities Fellows at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is a perfect fit, says Steve Paulson, the program’s executive producer.
Jillian Sayre contends that Herman Melville’s whaling ship Pequod and its encounters with other boats at sea may have toted meaning beyond the characters onboard.
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 Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison 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.
J. Mark Kenoyer stands on a windswept peak in Logar Province in eastern Afghanistan, his head wrapped in a traditional scarf against the harsh sun. As he chats in a mixture of Urdu and Pashto with an Afghan archaeologist, it’s easy to see why documentarian Brent Huffman wanted the University of Wisconsin–Madison professor of anthropology to appear in his upcoming film about Mes Aynak, a 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery.
After more than tripling attendance last year, the Wisconsin Science Festival is coming back for year three with plans for more activities at more sites that reach more people. The organizers announced today the 2013 festival will be held September 26-29 and issued an open call for presenters, communities, organizations and sponsors to get involved.
Ten University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards.
Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy will visit the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus March 20-21, 2013 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, "The God of Small Things."
In forging connections with China, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has created an international model for the university. An upcoming panel of UW–Madison faculty will examine how this partnership with China is evolving and what it means for the future of the university and the student experience.
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.
Lauren Redniss was first drawn to Marie and Pierre Curie because of their beautiful love story. But the Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrator found much more as she researched, wrote and illustrated her book “Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout,” this year’s selection for Go Big Read, UW–Madison's common reading program.
On a wall in a darkened room, a single word flashed: divide.
Growing up in Catonsville, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, UW–Madison lecturer Shawn Peters can't remember the first time he heard about the Catonsville Nine. He was 18 months old in May 1968, when nine people - including two brothers, both well-known activists and Catholic priests, and a former nun - removed hundreds of files from the local draft office and burned them with homemade napalm.
Sidney Iwanter, an 1971 history alumnus of the College of Letters & Science, likes to say he was too busy dodging tear gas canisters to be much of a student during his tenure at UW–Madison.
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.
Several UW–Madison graduate programs are ranked among the nation’s best in the 2013 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.”
Giant symbols carved into canyon walls might tell the story of a long-ago hunt, a creation myth, or a genocide - but because the cultures who created rock art have vanished, there is no way of discerning their exact meaning.