Jennifer Dworschack-Kinter and Molly Ubbesen Receive Award for Teaching Excellence

Congratulations to Jennifer Dworschack-Kinter and Molly Ubbesen who were selected as recipients of Awards for Teaching Excellence. Individuals are considered for this honor on the basis of nominations from their peers. From this initial balloting, it was clear how much these instructors are held in esteem for their remarkable accomplishments in the classroom and longstanding contributions to our programs.
Award for Teaching Excellence, Academic Staff:
Jennifer Dworschack-Kinter
Award for Teaching Excellence, Graduate Teaching Assistant:
Molly Ubbesen
These awardees will be recognized at the Department’s Spring Awards Ceremony, Thursday, May 12, beginning at 3:30 in CRT 368.

Ashley Banoub Accepted to Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages PhD Program at UC Riverside

Congratulations to Ashley Banoub, a current English senior, who has been accepted into the Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages PhD Program at UC Riverside!  Ashley will begin her graduate studies this fall, specializing in Francophone literature.

Sukanya Banerjee and Jason Puskar Receive Institute for Research in the Humanities Fellowships

Congratulations to Professors Sukanya Banerjee and Jason Puskar! They were awarded UW System Fellowships at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison, in the 2016-17 academic year. To find out more about the Institute for Research in the Humanities Fellowships, visit

Siwar Masannat Wins Women’s & Gender Studies Student Research Paper and Project Contest

Congratulations to Creative Writing doctoral student Siwar Masannat! Siwar has won a graduate award in the Women’s & Gender Studies Student Research Paper and Project Contest for her term paper: The New Woman in the Egyptian Press: 1900-1930. 


Congratulations to Professor Kumkum Sangari, who edited and contributed to the recently published collection of essays ARC SILT DIVE: THE WORKS OF SHEBA CHHACHHI. 

Michael Twitty, Kosher /Soul: Black &Jewish ‘Identity Cooking’

Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. 
Centennial Hall of the Milwaukee Public Library, 733 N. 8th Street

Identity cooking isn’t about fusion; rather it’s how we construct complex identities and then express them through how we eat. Very few people in the modern West eat one cuisine or live within one culinary construct. Michael Twitty‘s talk will illuminate how Kosher/ Soul is about melding the histories, tastes, flavors, and Diasporic wisdom of being Black and being Jewish. Both cultures express many of their cultural and spiritual values through the plate. Kosher/Soul is about that ongoing journey.

UWM Co-Sponsors: departments: Africology, History, programs: 21st-Century Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Cultures & Communities, Food Studies, Religious Studies.

UWM Alum Rene Steinke Receives 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction

Congratulations to Rene Steinke, who received a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction! Steinke is the author of three novels: The Fires, Holy Skirts, and Friendswood. Holy Skirts was a finalist in 2005 for the National Book Award. Rene received her PhD in… Read More

Sianne Ngai Presents “Theory of the Gimmick” for 5th Annual Literature and Cultural Theory Lecture

What are capitalist subjects saying when we call something a “gimmick,” regardless of the varying objects to which the evaluation is applied and varying identities of those applying it? What about our shared world is being registered, often without the speaker entirely knowing she is registering it, in this aesthetic judgment?

Sianne Ngai’s talk explores these questions by focusing on the gimmick as both form and speech act, and on its relation to comedy in particular.

“Theory of the Gimmick” | Thursday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in Curtin 368
Brown Bag Lunch | Friday, April 29, at 12 p.m. in Curtin 939

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Sianne Ngai is professor of English at Stanford. She is the author of Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting (Harvard, 2012) and Ugly Feelings (Harvard, 2005).

cream city Live! 40th Anniversary Celebration

This year, April 15th is not just the day we all furiously try to finish our turbo tax online worksheets and grumble about our inadequate tax return.

April 15th, 2016 is cream city review Day!

The Mayor is issuing a proclamation recognizing cream city review’s 40th Anniversary and we will be celebrating with a very special reading featuring the work of:

Kimberly Blaeser – poet laureate of Wisconsin
Susan Firer – former poet laureate of Milwaukee
Ihab Hassan – read by cream city review’s incoming faculty advisor, Liam Callanan

We will also have an ephemera display showcasing our history of events in and around UWM and the city of Milwaukee.

Come celebrate with us! Here’s to looking forward to 40 more years of Milwaukee’s leading literary journal!

Friday, April 15th from 7-9 p.m. at Greene Hall

Louise Zamparutti Receives Fellowship from Mary Baker Eddy Library

Congrats to Louise Zamparutti! She received a research fellowship from the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, MA, to do research in the Library’s archives this summer.