Who's Who in 1922?
After several requests to identify members of the Department in this 1922 photograph, we headed to the Archives to see what we could dig up.
A Memorable Field TripIn the fall of 2012, the English Department’s annual fund subsidized a group of undergraduates to see a play they had studied, August Wilson’s Jitney, at the Court Theatre
Program for Junior Faculty LeaveWhen 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.
Building Undergraduate Community
Undergraduates and The Department work together to create a space for the English major community.
English Department Board of Visitors member Tom Johnson (B.A. '73; MBA '80) reflects on what motivates him to give to the English Department.
In October, I asked English alums to send me news of themselves: what—I asked—have you done with your English major? This question drew a torrent of replies: I heard from medical doctors and technology CEOs, from high-powered attorneys and prize-winning teachers. And I heard from a huge array of writers. One memorable reply came from Thomas J. Waite, who had a meteoric business career before turning to the task of writing murderous techno-thrillers: Terminal Value (2012) and Lethal Code (coming in 2014). I also heard from Teresa Cader, author of award-winning collections of poetry, from Regina Weinreich, who has written and produced documentaries on the Beat poets, and from Bob Barnett, one of the premier authors’ representatives in the world. It couldn’t be clearer that Badger English alumni are doing absolutely extraordinary things! Please send in your good news, your memories, and your career stories, and we’ll proudly feature them to the world.
I wish I could focus all of my attention on the great success stories, but as you may know, these are tough economic times for public universities. Around 50% of our budget came from the State of Wisconsin in 1960; now it’s down to 15%. We are turning more and more to alumni and friends to ask for help. If you have the means to send us a gift, I promise we’ll put it to good use. We’d love to furnish a new undergraduate lounge in Helen C White, foster great student writing, and celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday this coming April! We’ll make sure we direct your support exactly where you want it to go…With warmest wishes,