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Experience the world through lectures and conversations on history, literature, music and culture. Classes in the humanities satisfy your learning goals, expand your knowledge and enrich your experience as a lifelong learner.

Our humanities classes are taught by scholars and educators from UW–Madison and across the region.


Contact program coordinator Christopher Moore at christopher.moore@wisc.edu or

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 She hadn’t realized how long it takes to become somebody else, or how lonely it can be living in a world not meant for you. 

Britt Bennett, The Vanishing Half: A Novel

This multi-generational novel from 2020 traces the fates of two twin sisters who run away at age 16 from their small, southern Black community. One sister returns with her daughter to her community and remains rooted in her Black identity, while her twin passes as white and lives miles away. The novel will trigger important discussions of families, racial identity and the way the past and present collide. (Tuesday Morning Booktalk)

Our team

Emily Auerbach

Position title: Professor of English; director, Odyssey Project Research

Email: emily.auerbach@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-3733

Emily Azad

Position title: Program Manager

Email: emily.azad@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-0763

Brian Benford

Position title: Odyssey Success Coach

Email: brian.benford@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-807-7224

Michelle Bozeman

Position title: Odyssey Case Manager

Email: bozeman@wisc.edu

Erin Celello

Position title: Lecturer

Email: ecelello@wisc.edu

Christina Demars

Position title: Odyssey Program Coordinator

Email: christina.demars@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-3885

Karen Dreyfuss

Position title: Odyssey Junior Director

Email: karen.dreyfuss@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-345-0807

Michael Exum

Position title: Success Coach - Odyssey Beyond Bars

Email: mike.exum@wisc.edu

Jennifer Fandel

Position title: Odyssey Beyond Bars Instructor & Tutor Coordinator

Email: jfandel@wisc.edu

Brienne Flaherty

Position title: Odyssey Assistant Coordinator

Email: brienne.flaherty@wisc.edu

Will Glenn

Position title: Associate Instructional Specialist

Email: mrglennsr@gmail.com

Taylor Kirby

Position title: Assistant Program Manager for Odyssey Beyond Bars

Email: taylor.kirby@wisc.edu

Sarah Lensmire

Position title: Odyssey Assistant Program & Development Manager

Email: sarah.lensmire@wisc.edu

Peter Moreno

Position title: Director, Odyssey Beyond Bars

Email: peter.moreno@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-4555

Kevin Mullen

Position title: Assistant Professor

Email: kevin.mullen@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-890-3330

Jenny Pressman

Position title: Director of Development & Community Partnerships

Email: jenny.pressman@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-332-9557

Rachel Ritacco

Position title: Odyssey Beyond Bars Program Coordinator

Email: rritacco@wisc.edu

Ben Shannon

Position title: Lecturer

Email: btshannon@wisc.edu

Roberta Wang

Position title: Senior Administrative Program Specialist

Email: roberta.wang@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-3480