The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21), a UW System Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee campus, leads the way in imagining, defining, and creating the burgeoning field of 21st century studies, focusing on the intersection of the humanities, arts, and sciences (social and natural) with issues of compelling concern.
C21 supports the study of the 21st century, which means in the first instance studies of the future, present, and very recent past—issues of pressing concern for the 21st century. C21 also encourages contemporary, cutting-edge study of the arts, humanities, and social sciences in all fields, and at all historical periods. By studying what is distinctive about issues of the present or near future, we are able to rethink or reconceptualize our study of the past. Finally, C21 sponsors and supports the creation and deployment of 21st-century modes of research, analysis, and representation.
Each year C21 designates a theme that lends itself to multidisciplinary study as the subject for its research. A group of some six to eight fellows from different departments and disciplines at UWM, and one or two from the UW System campuses, is selected to be in residence. To further broaden the academic networks of the faculty in residence, C21 also offers an annual Provost Fellowship. On occasion, we house scholars from other institutions and independent scholars for externally funded postdoctoral and summer fellowships.
The theme for 2013-14 is Changing Climates.
The theme for 2014-15 is Humanities Futures.
C21 is located on the top floor of Curtin Hall, a nine-storey building that houses most of the humanities departments at UWM and overlooks Lake Michigan and downtown Milwaukee. In addition to a suite of offices for C21 fellows (each fellow has his or her own office), a conference room hosts meetings of fellows and smaller research seminars. Public lectures and screenings take place on the ground floor of Curtin Hall and elsewhere around campus.
Directions/Maps: 21st Century Studies (Curtin Hall), Hefter Conference Center, Kenilworth Square Apartments
Faculty Advisors 2013-2014