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: http://boswell.indiebound.com/upcoming-events

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.

Cream City Review on New Pages

Justin Brouckaert writes a review for Cream City Review’s Volume 38, Number 1 in the New Pages. Visit http://www.newpages.com/literary-magazine-reviews/2014-08-15/#Cream-City-Review-V38-N1-Spring-Summer-2014 to read the review.

Center for 21st Centuries Studies: Open House and Fellows Presentation

Three of last year’s fellows present their work:

Marcus Filippello (History), with a social and environmental history of a road that connects the towns of Pobé and Ketu in southeastern Benin, West Africa.

Tracey Heatherington (Anthropology), on the specter of degrading ecosystems and invading climate refugees in the Mediterranean.

Annie McClanahan (English), on the ways the expansion and collapse of the twenty-first century credit economy has fundamentally transformed the role of debt in contemporary culture.
The presentations will take place on Friday, September 12, in Curtin 118, from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. and open house will be in Curtin 939, from at 5 p.m. Visit http://www4.uwm.edu/c21/pages/events/abstracts/14fall/fellows_presentations14.html for more information.

"The Mathematician’s Shiva"

Alexander “Sasha” Karnokovitch and his family would like to mourn the passing of his mother, Rachela, with modesty and dignity. But Rachela, a famous Polish émigré mathematician and professor at the University of Wisconsin, is rumored to have solved the million-dollar Navier-Stokes Millennium Prize problem. Rumor also has it that she spitefully took the solution to her grave.

To Sasha’s chagrin, a ragtag group of socially challenged mathematicians arrives in Madison and crashes the shiva, vowing to do whatever it takes to find the solution – even if it means prying up the floorboards for Rachela’s notes. Come hear the Milwaukee-raised author, a professor of geophysics, read from and discuss his first novel.

Milwaukee-born geophysics-professor-turned-author, Stuart Rojstaczer, returns to the East Side for a reading and signing of his debut novel, The Mathematician’s Shiva, a comic, bittersweet bildungsroman of middle-age set in Wisconsin, which takes on the Jewish Eastern European immigrant experience following the combined darkness of World War II and Stalinism evocative of Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated. This event is co-sponsored by the UWM Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies.

The event is presented by the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies and will be held on Wednesday, September 10, at Boswell Books, at 7 p.m. Visit http://boswell.indiebound.com/upcoming-events for more info.