Announcing the Global Black Studies Fundraising Initiative

UW English is kicking off a fundraising initiative to fortify future excellence in teaching and research.

The College of Letters and Science has authorized three new faculty positions to form a center of research and teaching excellence in Global Black Literatures. This field includes African American literature, black British literature, and Caribbean and black diasporic literatures.

The Global Black Studies fundraising initiative builds on the department’s tradition of leadership in the study of race and literature. It commemorates the 25th publication anniversary of the Norton Anthology of African American Literature, as well as the legacy of professor Nellie McKay.

The English department Board of Visitors helped secure approval of the initiative by committing to raise $150,000 to fund two faculty fellowships over the coming five years. These funds will “top up” the resources available and help attract top candidates for the assistant professorships. Recruiting has already begun and it is expected that the new positions will be filled by the fall of 2018.

YOU can make an enormous difference in the future of English at Wisconsin! The Board of Visitors invite all English alumni to participate in this exciting new initiative by making an annual contribution.