Ramzi Fawaz quoted in The New York Times: The Iceman cometh out

Superhero comics address, and empower, straight white nerdy boys. That’s been true of most comics, for most of their history. But is it the genre’s central truth? For some of us, it never was. As Ramzi Fawaz, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has pointed out, superhero comics are the only popular genre in which anomalous bodies are not just tolerated but celebrated: The same thing that makes you look weird means you can save the world.

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Creative Writing fellow wins national poetry award

Tiana Clark, a poetry fellow at UW-Madison’s Institute of Creative Writing, is the 2017 winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. The University of Pittsburgh Press awarded the honor in recognition of her collection I Can’t Talk about the Trees without the Blood.

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Roses are red; write a love poem this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to think outside the heart-shaped chocolate box by putting pen to paper and writing a love poem. Here are some tips.

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Language summit draws representatives from business, healthcare, education and government

Leaders across business, healthcare, human services, local and state government, education, and a variety of other sectors participated in presentations and roundtable discussions to share ideas, perspectives, and experiences that will become the building blocks for a language roadmap for Wisconsin.

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Tejumola Olaniyan in The Guardian: Does Blank Panther solve Hollywood's Africa problem?

Cinema has long reduced Africa to a faraway land filled with wild animals, wars, poverty and AIDS – but perhaps this new Afrocentric epic will put an end to the cliches

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People taking note of music hall construction and its surprising features

The facility will handle a wide range of performances — from intimate recitals, to ensembles, to groups of 100 or more musicians and singers. And what look like wagon-wheel windows are actually not windows at all.

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Victor Goldgel Carballo named a Burkhardt Fellow

Victor Goldgel Carballo, an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, has received a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars. The fellowship will allow him to complete a book examining race in Cuba, other Latin American countries and the United States.

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Synching science and music

Luke Valmadrid has forged a rigorous path pursuing degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and violin performance — and the dedicated senior wouldn’t have it any other way.

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In the Wall Street Journal: A Proust-Apocalyptic Story

"I perfectly understand that I live in a fantasy world, but I hold out hope that, as John Keating desires in “Dead Poets Society,” culture will again teach people to think for themselves, take agency, and carpe diem. If a missile alert came in on my phone, I’d keep doing what I already am: reading a good book and listening to Robert Schumann’s “Träumerei.” -Mr. Andrew James Schmiege teaches Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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