It was a gray Friday afternoon, cloudy and unusually chilly for September, with a heavy chance of rain. Most of the sailing classes offered through Wisconsin Hoofers had been canceled for the day — except for physics student Jay Chan’s sailing lesson, which he prepared for eagerly despite the darkening skies.
Great World Texts in Wisconsin is a yearlong program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Humanities that brings contemporary and historical literature from around the world to life in Wisconsin high schools.
“Great works of literature are for everybody and we believe, I believe, and the program demonstrates, that that diversity is precisely what literature is good for,” Center director Sara Guyer tells Humanities for All, part of the National Humanities Alliance.
In On Wisconsin Magazine: Parental POV: History course tackles the 1970s-90s through a generational lens
For the sake of learning — and with occasional family healing — a UW history course is asking students to turn their parents into historical subjects. Professor Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen’s History 221 course, The History of Your Parents’ Generation (1970s–90s), tackles a tumultuous few decades, assigning students to interview their parents (“compelling figures in the drama of American life in their own right,” the syllabus states) about their upbringing and their memories of music, fashion, and historic milestones.
On Tuesday, May 1, the Poetry Foundation announced that Martín Espada was awarded the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which is presented annually in recognition of the lifetime achievements of a living US poet.
Four years ago, Jeremy Morris launched his podcast class at the UW — and the word podcast wasn’t even in the title of the communication arts course. Now, in the midst of the golden age of podcasts, the course has a new name — Sound Cultures: Podcasting and Music — and increased demand. Morris, an associate professor of media and cultural studies, exposes students to a wide variety of podcasts and gives them hands-on experience with manipulating audio.
Shawn Francis Peters couldn’t believe his luck. After writing 2012’s The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era (Oxford University Press), the instructor in UW-Madison’s Integrated Liberal Studies Program was searching for an intriguing Upper Midwest-based true-crime subject when Harry Hayward entered his life.