Congrats to retiring faculty members

A special visitor made an appearance at the last department meeting of the semester: congratulations to Professor Lane Hall, current English Department Chair, who retires from UWM in August 2024, and our other retiring faculty members.

Undergrad writers take part in Intercollegiate Reading

Writers from UWM’s undergraduate creative writing program recently took part in a crosstown reading with Marquette undergraduates. The event, part of an annual series, was hosted by Boswell Books. UWM participants included John Dewey, Noelle Gomez, Annaliese Kunst, and Abby Shroder.

Associate Professor Kate Beutner wins Edna Ferber Prize

Associate Professor Kate Beutner’s recent novel Killingly won the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award. The award is part of the Wisconsin Writers Awards series, which was “established in 1964 and is Wisconsin’s longest-running literary award for published work.” It’s currently curated by the Arts… Read More

Congrats to Professor Brenda Cárdenas

Prof. Brenda Cárdenas’s book Trace (Red Hen Press, 2023) won the Society of Midland Authors 2023 Poetry Book Award honoring the Society’s choices for the best books by Midwest authors published in 2023. Trace is also a finalist for Foreword Review‘s Indie Poetry Prize for books that present work… Read More

Poem by Professor Cárdenas to be featured in a performance by the National Concert Chorus

Choral composer Dr. Daniel Afonso (California State University, Stanislaus) wrote a choral score to Professor Brenda Cárdenas’s poem “Para los tin-tun-teros.” The collaboration (score with poem) was published in 2023 by Hal Leonard Music and will be performed at Carnegie… Read More

Office of Digital Humanities Awards

Congratulations to UWM researchers Anne Bonds, professor of geography, and Derek Handley, assistant professor of English, who were awarded a federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities of nearly $150,000 to continue their research into restrictive racial covenants… Read More

Prof. Szczepaniak-Gillece interviewed about the closure of the Downer Theatre on Spectrum News 1

Built in 1915, the Downer was the oldest operating theater in Milwaukee.

Professor Levine interviewed about soap opera history on WNYC

Dr. Elana Levine, Professor of Media, Cinema & Digital Studies, was recently interviewed on WNYC’s All Of It With Alison Stewart about the enduring power of the soap opera. Professor Levine detailed the soap opera’s transition from a radio vehicle for selling… Read More

Professor Levine discusses the daytime soap opera’s significance with AP News

In an AP News story that has been picked up more than 300 times since its publication, Professor Elana Levine highlighted the import of “The Young & the Restless” on the occasion of the show’s 50th anniversary, celebrated this Sunday…. Read More

Professor Basting discusses her work on creative care for dementia with The New York Times’ “First Person”

Professor Anne Basting spoke with Lulu Garcia-Navarro about a creative approach to people dealing with dementia and aging in the latest episode of “First Person” from The New York Times. Listen here. “There is such a powerful force in knowing that… Read More