As part of the 2012 Lorraine Hansberry Project, honoring the life and pioneering work of a UW–Madison alumna who made lasting contributions to American arts and culture, a free symposium will take place on Saturday, March 3, in Vilas Hall’s Mitchell Theatre. The symposium, “Conversations on African-American Youth and August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’” is presented in conjunction with the Hansberry Project’s production of Wilson’s play.
What is a Maine-born doctor to do when a patient in Pennsylvania complains, “I’ve been riftin’ and I’ve got jags in my leaders?” Consult the Dictionary of American Regional English to learn that the patient has been belching and experiencing sharp pains in his neck. After nearly five decades of work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the fifth volume of the dictionary, covering Sl to Z, is now available from Harvard University Press.
From the time they are hired, humanities faculty members begin working to turn the dissertation that earned them a Ph.D. into a book that will earn them tenure. But it’s not as easy as handing pages over to a publisher.
In his new book, "Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor," UW–Madison English professor Rob Nixon asks: how can environmental writers craft emotionally involving stories from disasters that are slow-moving and attritional, rather than explosive and spectacular?
Go Big Read is engaging students, faculty, staff and the community in a shared academic experience as they read and discuss "Enrique's Journey" by Sonia Nazario. Now planning is under way for next year's common-reading program, which will focus on a theme suggested by Interim Chancellor David Ward: innovation.
Beyond a slogan - "We are the 99 percent!" - and a seemingly organic urge to come together, what's the Occupy Wall Street movement all about? Does it have goals? Leaders? A single, unifying demand for change? How has it spread, and how does it connect to events such as The Arab Spring and the Wisconsin protests?
The American teenager, once shy, bubbles over with questions for a young Senegalese classmate. Why did his mother leave him? Did he ever see her again? As the young man responds, the two begin using each other's first names.
Rare 16th century editions of works by Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus will be on hand to show teachers participating in the first workshop of the Great World Texts Program on Monday, Oct. 3, in Room 126 of the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Memorial Library.
As the American Academy of Arts & Sciences introduces a national commission to encourage research in the humanities and social sciences, the University of Wisconsin–Madison boasts strong representation.
Each spring, for 30 years, classics professor Barry Powell led nearly 500 UW–Madison students in Classical Myth, considered a backbone course for the humanities on campus. So his views on the topic might surprise some former students. “There’s no such thing as classical myth,” says Powell. “It really doesn’t exist.”
An extraordinary public-private partnership will allow the University of Wisconsin–Madison to enhance education and research in the humanities. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the university a $10 million grant as part of an effort to preserve and enhance the humanities at public research universities that have records of scholarly and educational excellence.
Go Big Read, UW–Madison's common reading program, is off to a vigorous start. Some 5,000 copies of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," by Rebecca Skloot, were given away in September at the Chancellor's Convocation for New Students.
UW-Madison is an international leader in foreign languages, offering instruction in more than 80 modern and ancient languages, from Akan-Twi to Zulu. The campus also houses 11 area-studies centers, the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages and the National African Language Resource Center.