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Humanities spotlight: UW-Madison chosen as new home for global consortium The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) is a leading international network for humanities research, education and public scholarship. Founded in 1988, the Consortium includes 220 members from 25 countries from across North America, Western Europe, the Mediterranean, East Asia, Australia and Africa; UW-Madison’s Center for the Humanities is a member organization. In January 2017, administration of CHCI will be transferred from Duke University (where it has been for the past five years) to UW-Madison, amplifying the spotlight on humanities outreach and scholarship here. “We are thrilled to organize and administer the CHCI from Madison,” says UW’s Center for the Humanities director Sara Guyer, who will assume a five-year presidency of CHCI in 2017. “It means our university will be closely tied to some of the most exciting work happening globally in the humanities.”


I know firsthand the experience of being ‘in between’ countries, languages and cultures. My scholarship, my teaching and my identity are shaped by concepts like otherness, race, gender and understanding other people and cultures. For 10 years, I’ve been bringing students into the worlds of Francophone (Frenchspeaking) and Arabic cultures and literatures. It takes students to unfamiliar places and shows them different ways of living. These experiences enhance their ability to bridge cultures and transcend differences.

DISCOVER MORE For the second year in a row, L&S partnered with the Wisconsin State Journal to create a special section highlighting the research of key faculty like Associate Professor of French Nevine El-Nossery (above), told in their own words.

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L&S Annual Review, 2015-16  

The Annual Review for the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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