OCTOBER 11-14, 2018

and year round




The Intellectual in Public Life

Alexander Star

04/27/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

What is the role of intellectual expertise and debate in public life? Drawing on his experience as an editor at Lingua Franca: the Review of Academic Life, the Boston Globe Ideas section, the New York Times magazine and Farrar Straus Giroux, Alexander Star will discuss the ever-changing nexus of ideas and politics since the 1990s, He will explore the legacy of the 1990s culture wars, the relevance of the humanities in an age dominated by technology and the life sciences, the challenging economics of publishing books and journals, and the circulation of ideas in a time of TED talks and Twitter. He will also examine the possibilities and pitfalls of academic writing for a general audience, and the dilemmas of argument and analysis posed by the Trump presidency. 


The Intellectual in Public Life -  - <span class="date-display-single">04/27/2018 - 7:00pm</span>



Creative Writing Awards Ceremony

Carrie Lorig

05/03/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

The 2018 undergraduate and graduate creative writing awards ceremony, featuring poet Carrie Lorig. Presented in partnership with The UW Program in Creative Writing.

Creative Writing Awards Ceremony -  - <span class="date-display-single">05/03/2018 - 7:00pm</span>



Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists

Andrea-Teresa Arenas & Eloisa Gomez

05/19/2018 - 1:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

The Wisconsin Historical Society, Somos Latinas Digital History Project participants, coordinators, volunteers, and partners, and the Wisconsin Book Festival invite you to celebrate the progress of this important oral history project.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. celebration conversation in the auditorium, light refreshments and a book signing. Celebrants will have an opportunity to learn about how the Somos Latinas Collection of oral histories, begun in 2012, will be shared with the public and schools, to view the premiere of video-based interviews, to explore the first copies of the Somos Latinas book by Wisconsin Historical Society Press, to peruse Chican@ and Latin@ history with online displays by the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium, Chicanas Por Mi Raza, to meet the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies students who interviewed the 45 Somos women who made history, and to celebrate the Chican@ and Latin@ women who did so much with so little.


Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists -  - <span class="date-display-single">05/19/2018 - 1:00pm</span>



So You Want To Talk About Race

Ijeoma Oluo

06/20/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Madison Room

Police brutality trials, white supremacist rallies, Black Lives Matter protests. Race is the story behind many of the stories we’re talking about these days. But to talk about race itself—to examine the way it shapes our society, visibly and invisibly—can feel scary and overwhelming. How do we talk about solutions for today’s problems without getting caught in the past? How do we address vast differences in racial perspective and experience? When we try to talk about race, these unanswered questions and hundreds like them make it likely that the discussion will end in hurt feelings, damaged relationships—maybe even violence.


So You Want To Talk About Race -  - <span class="date-display-single">06/20/2018 - 7:00pm</span>
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