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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

Christina Demars

Position title: Odyssey Program Coordinator

Email: christina.demars@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-3885

Karen Dreyfuss

Position title: Odyssey Junior Coordinator

Email: karen.dreyfuss@wisc.edu

Phone: 773-960-1736

Will Glenn

Position title: Associate Instructional Specialist

Email: mrglennsr@gmail.com

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: 608-262-4543

Lauren Surovi

Position title: Program Manager

Email: surovi@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-286-9144

Roberta Wang

Position title: Senior Administrative Program Specialist

Email: roberta.wang@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-3480