Congratulations to Peter Sands for his new position as Director of the Honors College! Thanks to him for his years of service as Associate Chair for Undergraduates.

Welcome Gilberto Blasini, our new Associate Chair for Undergraduates, who will take on the work of scheduling and advising. Congratulations!


Our own Louise Zamparutti, Ph.D. student in Professional Writing, opens her play on Friday, September 26. “Identita” is a one-act comedy. Set in a small village on the Italy-Slovenian border, it tells the story of a brother and sister who fought the Germans and each other in opposing factions of the Italian resistance during WWII.

Opening performance is at 8 p.m. at Windfall Theatre (130 E. Juneau).

The play runs through October 11. Visit for showtimes and more info.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or at (use discount code ID15 to get the UWM friends and family discount - $15).

"Sherman Alexie: The Partially True Story of the True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"

Sherman Alexie, a preeminent Native American poet, novelist, performer, filmmaker, and author of UWM’s 2014 Common Read, visits UWM this fall to share “The Partially True Story of the True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”

A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. While in college at the University of Washington, a college professor recognized Alexie’s “intensity of language, passion, and energy.” That talent has turned into the publication of 24 books including “What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned,” “Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories,” and “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”

This event is sponsored by Student Involvement, the Student Success Center, the American Indian Student Association, American Indian Studies, American Indian Student Services, the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education, Cultures and Communities, and the UWM English Department; and presented by the Distinguished Lecture Series and the First-Year Common Reading Experience.

The event is on Tuesday, September 23, at 7 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room. It is free for UWM students, in advance or at the door. Everyone else can save $2 by purchasing tickets in advance at the Union Info Desk.

A book signing and reception will follow the lecture, and a sign language interpreter will be provided.


Congratulations to Dave Clark for his new role as the Associate Dean for the Humanities. Stay tuned for the announcement of new English Department Chair!


Our own Rebecca Dunham’s fourth collection of poems, which was funded by C21 and an RGI grant, was accepted for publication by Milkweed Editions. It’s called Cold Pastoral and is forthcoming in 2016.

Center for Jewish Studies presents: HaMapah dance event with Adam McKinney

HaMapah/The Map is a multimedia dance journey that traces the intersections of classically trained dancer Adam McKinney, former member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre with African American, Native American, and Jewish heritage. HaMapah explores issues of identity, ancestry, and family by weaving together contemporary dance with archival material, personal interviews, Yiddish and American songs, and video set to traditional, contemporary, and classical music.

The event is co-sponsored by the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies. A Year of the Humanities 2014-15 event is on Friday, September 19, from 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., at UWM Zelazo Center.

United We Read: A Student/Faculty Reading series

A 2014-15 Year of the Humanities event, Boswell Books welcomes a selection of graduate students and faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Creative Writing Program, who will read from their own original work. For more info, visit:

The reading event is on Friday, September 19, from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Boswell Book Company.

"Art of Loss: Madame d’Ora and the Restitution of Jewish Property in Austria after the Holocaust"

Faye Sigman Woman of Valor Lecture, with Lisa Silverman

Born to a Jewish family in Vienna in 1881, photographer Madame d’Ora [Dora Kallmus] – best known for her vibrant portraits of 20th century artists and intellectuals – remained in danger after the Nazi invasion of France and spent much of World War II in hiding in southern France. Members of her close family, including her sister Anna, were murdered in concentration camps during the Holocaust.

In 1945, d’Ora returned to Austria to document the plight of refugees at DP camps through photography. She also completed a series vividly depicting the brutality of Paris slaughterhouses. While undertaking these projects, she traveled to Austria to attempt to reclaim her family’s Aryanized home, half of which had been taken from her in 1940 when the city declared her a “foreigner.” The talk explores the ways in which d’Ora’s art addresses issues of loss that cannot be satisfied by the legal processes of property restitution alone.

This event is presented by the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, and cosponsored by UWM’s Year of the Humanities and the Milwaukee Art Museum. There is free admission to the lecture with this announcement or MAM membership.

The event is on Thursday, September 18, at 6:15 p.m., at Milwaukee Art Museum.

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities: Vilas Professor Emeritus Ihab Hassan

Professor Hassan’s talk, “Prometheus Reclaimed: The Humanities in the Age of Marketing and Technology,” is a wide-ranging and provocative exploration of the challenges to higher education generally, and to the humanities particularly, in the age of marketing, digital media, and shifting values. Which way is forward?

Ihab Hassan is Emeritus Vilas Research Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UWM, the recipient of many Guggenheim, Fulbright, and teaching awards, the author of fifteen books of cultural criticism and memoirs, and of some twenty-five stories published in literary journals.

The event will take place on Thursday, September 18, at 4:30 p.m., in the UWM Zelazo Center.

Scotland Yet: An Evening of Scottish Cinema, Culture, and Conversations on National Identity

This is a momentous year in the history of Scotland. It marks the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn when Robert de Bruce and the Scots defeated the English army of Edward II thereby ensuring Scottish Independence for another few centuries.

On September 18th the Scottish people will vote by referendum to regain or reject that independence. At present the polls show the “Yes” and “No” sides neck and neck. Whatever the outcome, Scotland and its place in the world will be changed forever.

On the eve of the vote, please join us for Scotland Yet: An evening of Scottish Cinema, Culture and Conversations on National Identity.
Refreshments begin at 6 p.m., and cinema and conversation begins at 6:30 on Wednesday, September 17.

Your hosts are Associate Professors Andrew Kincaid and Tami Williams, along with Allain Daigle, Zachary Finch, Lauren Haufler, and Jessica Johnston. This presentation is free and open to the public, and is being co-hosted by the Center for Celtic Studies, and the UWM Media, Cinema & Digital Studies Program, and the Department of English.