Meet Alice Mandell! Alice is a new member of the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (CANES) department. We sat down with her to ask a few questions on things like her favorite class on campus this semster and the one superpower she's always wanted.
Sunny Yudkoff, originally from Montclair, NJ, joined the UW-Madison community recently. We took a few minutes to get to know the new Yiddish Instructor.
Language Institute: Why did you decide to come to the University of Wisconsin Madison?
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has received a two-year federal grant to conduct a statewide Language Roadmap Initiative to enhance the economic competitiveness of Wisconsin by strengthening language education for students across the state.
What do French bread, Pokemon Go, and Tibetan chants have in common?
More than 500 students from across Wisconsin attended World Languages Day. Photo courtesy of Yasha Hoffman.
B. Venkat Mani makes a difference everywhere he goes in the world and people are starting to notice.
The German Literature professor received the Kellet Mid-Career Award. This honor, sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, grants the recipient $60,000 in research funding at a critical point in their academic careers. It honors outstanding faculty who are at the midpoint of their careers: seven to 20 years after their first promotion in a tenured position.
Late last semester, UW–Madison professor Adam L. Kern sent an urgent, cryptic email to four of his students.
He summoned them to his office early the next morning, promising something “potentially extremely interesting and important, if not possibly life-changing.”
“If you already have plans, please reschedule them,” he wrote. “And I would please ask that you not tell anyone about this, at least not for the time being!”
Language study is often coupled with an interest for the world outside the United States. Many classes explore the culture and history of one or more other countries where the language is spoken. With French, the focus may be France or Francophone Africa; Russian courses could explore Russia and Central Asia, or German courses could center on Germany, Austria or perhaps other parts of Europe. One UW-Madison professor, however, wants to change that tale.
Professor Damon Sajnani (w)raps culture, language and politics together in his new position in the Department of African Cultural Studies. Students learn to connect with the world in a new way in Professor D’s courses.
With “freestyle” rap inspired class structures and new courses that cover languages, cultures and politics across Africa and African-America, the new African Cultural Studies assistant professor at UW-Madison is here to say na ngeen def? (that’s ‘how are you all?’ in Wolof).
Louis Wolfenson started teaching Yiddish at UW in 1916, more than 30 years before Yiddish classes originated in New York City.