History and Humanities
Experience the world through lectures and conversations on history, literature, and culture. Wander through a variety of times, places, and topics with courses ranging from a single lecture to multiple weeks.
At a Glance
What: Experience the world through lectures and conversations on history, literature, and culture.
Who: Taught by leading historians, scholars, and educators from UW-Madison and across the region.
Certification: Most history and humanities are noncredit personal enrichment courses and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which may be accepted toward professional development. A certificate of attendance may be requested. Contact Christopher Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608‑262‑7389.
Students wishing to obtain an official transcript must complete a transcript request form and pay a transcript fee. Contact UW-Extension Student Records at 608-262-1953 or email email@example.com.
Questions? Contact program coordinator Christopher Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608‑262‑7389.
“Racism is reviving in a big way all over, in our own country as well as in Europe.” – George L. Mosse, 1991 WHA interview. We examine how European society constructed “others” and “outsiders” between 1890-1945. Follow two of Professor Mosse’s ongoing questions: How did individuals and political movements cultivate and advocate a hatred of “outsiders?” Why were liberal democratic systems unable to adapt to mass movements or counter extremist political ideologies?
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History and Humanities offerings:
America's 'Traitor State': A History of World War I Wisconsin
October 23 - November 13, 2019
Capturing the Living Story: Introduction to Oral History
October 23 - December 4, 2019
Madison in the '60s: Urban Renewal and Civil Rights
November 5-26, 2019
The Conversations We Don't Have: How the Arts Can Teach Us About Society
November 5-26, 2019
The History and Architecture of Medieval Northeastern Italy
February 4-25, 2020
Join us this fall to learn stories from Wisconsin and gain skills in gathering and telling the stories that matter to you.
Explore different cultures and ways of thinking through many world languages. Online and in-person experiences improve skills for conversation, travel, or business.
Emeritus Faculty Lectures: Eloquence and Eminence
Celebrating 24 years of award-winning lectures by retired University of Wisconsin faculty known for their teaching excellence and scholarship. Free and open to the public.
Tuesday Morning Booktalks
Join other book lovers for exciting discussions of world literature.
The Odyssey Project
A life-changing course in the humanities for adult students facing economic barriers to college.