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New faculty focus: Anthony Cerulli

October 11, 2016

Anthony Cerulli's fascination with world religions began in high school and led him to texts as diverse as the Bhagavad Gita and the writings of Jack Kerouac. He came to UW–Madison because of its international renown in South Asian Studies.

A century on, celebrating the first Yiddish-language college course

September 15, 2016

Louis Wolfenson started teaching Yiddish at the UW in 1916, more than 30 years before Yiddish classes originated in New York City.

Curiosities: Why are so many Hispanic names hyphenated?

August 23, 2010

The two surnames names are ancestral, with the father’s family name followed by the mother’s family name. In Colombia, for example, “Ernesto Escobar Vega” uses…

Notable graduates: Ryosuke Shibuya — Breaking through language barriers

May 13, 2008

When Ryosuke Shibuya came to Madison in 2002, he had more of an adjustment to make than the average freshmen. Arriving from his home country of Japan, Shibuya did not speak any English. Six years later, he's graduating with a degree in history.

Local competition exposes high schoolers to the study of linguistics

January 24, 2008

While the average U.S. high school may not offer classes in Turkish or Indonesian, an international competition will soon be bringing them to Madison's high school students.