Humanities programs engage the campus community and the general public

Year-round programs host culture conversations
Humanities programs engage the campus community and the general public
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The Center for the Humanities offers various programs year-round that engage students, faculty and the public in conversations about current events and culture.

One core program, Humanities Without Boundaries, crosses local borders not only between the community and the university, but also geographic and ideological thresholds. It invites speakers from around the world to share unique ideas on trending topics. Center Director Sara Guyer says she “thinks boldly and experimentally about who could represent the humanities and who could speak for the way that ideas live today.”

Another program under the center’s umbrella invites the audience into the discussion.

Humanities NOW brings scholars and humanists, who are most often UW-Madison faculty, together for panel discussions on current events. Guyer says panelists have unique perspectives that aren’t the typical views offered in mainstream media, which lets the audience think through topics along with them.

A third program offers students a hands-on learning experience: HEX-U, or “HEX,” is short for “Public Humanities Exchange for Undergraduates.” Undergraduates partner with a local organization on a humanities-related project and blend what they’re learning in classrooms with community service.

“Learning how to work with a community partner and understanding their needs and what you can bring … is one of the key opportunities of the program,” Guyer says.