NC Poet Laureate Selected to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

Written by Vanessa Lauber: The English Department’s Board of Visitors is please to announce that it has selected Shelby Stephenson (’74), Poet Laureate of North Carolina, as the recipient of its 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. Stephenson will be honored at an annual ceremony for students and their families, to be held in May.

Learning to Advocate: An Interview with Attorney Robert Barnett

Written by Vanessa Lauber: Attorney Robert Barnett (’68), a partner at the DC law firm Williams and Connelly, has represented major corporations before almost every executive department and administrative agency in Washington. He is also one of the premier authors’ representatives in the world, with clients such as Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Tim Russert, Mary Higgins Clark, Khaled Hosseini and many others. But his work with books extends back to his years at Wisconsin, and he took the time to talk with us recently about the value of a UW education.

Memories of Helen C. White

Written by Emily Madsen: The feature from our spring edition of Annotations that received the largest number of responses by far was the piece on Helen C. White. Many alumni wrote in to tell us about their wonderful interactions with Professor White, and to recount memories of her influence in the Department. We’ve excerpted some of them here.

Identifying Professors from 1922

Written by Emily Madsen: Following our spring edition of Annotations, we received a number of requests that we identify the other members of the faculty in the 1922 photograph of the Department on Bascom Hall’s front steps.

Outstanding Digital Media Project Awards

Written by Prof. Caroline Levine, Department Chair: The UW-Madison English Department has an unusual new strength. We boast a number of faculty working in the cutting-edge world of “Digital Humanities.” These professors invite students to think about writing as a kind of “design-thinking”; they ask them to think critically about the history of media, and they work with them to develop new media fluencies. In recognition of this departmental strength, we have established two prizes, both of which have been made possible by alumni gifts: outstanding digital media projects by an undergraduate and a graduate student.

Program for Junior Faculty Leave

Written by Prof. Caroline Levine, Department Chair: When new faculty arrive at the University of Wisconsin on the tenure track, they know that they have to finish a book in five years. And not just any book. It has to make a serious contribution to knowledge, passing through a rigorous process of peer review and earning acceptance at one of the top-ranked university presses. These books allow the English Department to maintain our world-class research profile. This past year’s annual fund paid for two of our star new faculty to make progress in their research.