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How do we design a humanities practice for the future that ensures we will have a future?

How do we develop language for describing a new humanities that makes sense to people who understand them in very conventional terms?

These days, defenses of the humanities too often fall back on idealized, pallid, and outdated descriptions of their value that can be as counter-productive to our future as attacks that blame the “crisis” in the humanities on theory and political correctness. In this talk, Paul Jay (Loyola Chicago) argues for the development of a language strategically calibrated to underscore the value of theory and critique; the significance of new, innovative methodologies; and a vision of the humanities that links up with the STEM disciplines.

Friday, September 26
3:30 pm, Curtin 118

Brown Bag Lunch with Paul Jay
12 noon, Curtin 939



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The Year of the Humanities at UWM is a celebration of the work of humanities faculty, departments, students, and research units across the campus and throughout the community. It showcases the vitality of the humanities disciplines and their role in building critically needed knowledge for the 21st century. The humanities are at the heart of a research university: they teach fundamentally important skills to our students and provide us all with the knowledge that we need to flourish in an increasingly complex world.

In complement to UWM’s Year of the Humanities, C21 has designated our theme this year as Humanities Futures. Faculty fellows were selected on the quality of their research projects as they relate to our theme; our public lectures and symposia, as well as our annual conference, are organized around this theme as well.



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Mellon IGHERT Awards Announced
We are very pleased to announce the recipients of the Integrative Graduate Humanities Research Education and Training (IGHERT) dissertation fellowships and faculty research/mentoring awards.

UWM graduate students Lara Ghisleni (Anthropology) and Ashkan Rezvani Naraghi (Urban Studies) have been awarded multi-year dissertation fellowships, and will be joined in the three-year interdisciplinary, international pilot program by UWM faculty mentors Aneesh Aneesh (Sociology) and Kennan Ferguson (Political Science).

These awards are made possible with the support of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.   Details about IGHERT

Congratulations to both grad students and faculty!



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C21 Transdisciplinary Challenge Awardees, 2014-15
We are excited to announce the recipients of our Transdisciplinary Challenge Awards. For the 2014-15 academic year, we are funding two research projects and one semester-long symposium for ten UWM faculty. Our deepest thanks to the Chancellor's Office and The Graduate School for supporting this initiative.

Catalyzing Transdisciplinarity: Cancer-Obesity Comorbidity as a Wicked Problem in Urban Milwaukee
S. Scott Graham (English), Amy Harley (School of Public Health, Center for Urban Population Health), Sang-Yeon Kim (Communication), Joan Neuner (Medical College of Wisconsin)

Transforming Justice: Rethinking the Politics of Security, Mass Incarceration, and Community Health
Anne Bonds (Geography), Lorraine Halinka Malcoe (Public Health), Jenna Loyd (Public Health), Jenny Plevin (Film), Robert S. Smith (History)

Trandisciplinary Challenge Seminar: LANGUAGE
Marcus Bullock (English, emeritus), Nicholas Fleischer (Linguistics), Sabine Heuer (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Michael Liston (Philosophy), Margaret Noodin (English; American Indian Studies), Bernard Perley (Anthropology), Anne Pycha (Linguistics), Amanda Schoofs (Music), Robert Schwartz (Philosophy), Jae Yung Song (Communication Sciences and Disorders; Linguistics)

Congratulations to all!
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