The Year of the Humanities will come to a close during the remaining weeks of the semester and the concluding events are not to be missed. On the program are a lecture on the Book of Revelation, a panel discussion on the mind and performances of Daoist rituals.
From literature, history and philosophy to languages and filmmaking, the humanities define what makes us the complex beings we are. A panel discussion tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 3) at the Chazen Museum of Art, 800 University Ave., 5:30 p.m., will explore the topic of the humanities in the 21st century.
Languages, literary fame, poetry, filmmaking and the supernatural are topics included in the programming lineup for the spring semester of the Year of the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Patrick Sims' brain is crowded with the lives and chatter of imaginary people. He's been listening to them since they moved in some 12 years ago when he visited America's Black Holocaust Museum on Milwaukee's north side.
Go Big Read is the university’s new common-reading program, intended to engage all readers — students, faculty, staff and the community — in a shared academically focused experience. Chancellor Biddy Martin selected Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food: An Easter’s Manifesto,” which examines modern American food culture, nutrition and health.
A lecture that delves into the songs and sexuality of ancient Greek drinking parties and a talk on the 1989 German revolution that brought down the Berlin Wall are just two events that will mark the Year of the Humanities on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.
Michael Pollan, whose book "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" is the focus of the Go Big Read common-reading project, will give a free public talk on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Kohl Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
When thousands of people read the same book, it's bound to get people talking. And when that book's subject matter has passionate defenders and critics, it's sure to get readers together to share their thoughts, reactions and opinions.
High school students in Wisconsin are digging into great world literature that would bewilder older and more experienced readers: “Don Quixote,” by Miguel de Cervantes, “Dante’s Inferno,” by Dante Alighieri, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and “The Brothers Karamazov,” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. All the students need is a chance to try and the right guidance from their teachers. Both of these necessities are provided by the Center for the Humanities.
Meandering its merry way through new submissions such as “whiffle-minded,” “whirligust,” “whistle punk” and “williwags,” the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) project is now tantalizingly close to completing a mission more than four decades in the making.
Professor Alan Wolfe, founding director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College, will deliver a plenary address, "Who's Afraid of American Religion," as part of the conference on "Religion and the State."