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Picture of Ulrich LangerInterim Director
Ullrich Langer
Allfred Glauser Professor of French



Ullrich Langer is Alfred Glauser Professor of French, a former Resident Fellow and a former Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities. He has also been Chair of the Department of French and Italian and Director of the Center for Early Modern Studies here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has taught since 1985. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, the University of Tübingen (Germany), the University of Nantes and the University of Tours (France). His main area of research and teaching is the French and Italian Renaissance, with specific interest in literature, intellectual history and theology.

Ullrich Langer is author of several books, including Lyric in the Renaissance: From Petrarch to Montaigne (Cambridge UP, 2015), Penser les formes du plaisir littéraire à la Renaissance (Paris: Garnier, 2009), Vertu du discours, discours de la vertu: littérature et philosophie morale au XVIe siècle en France (Geneva: Droz, 1999), Perfect Friendship: Studies in Literature and Moral Philosophy from Boccaccio to Corneille (Geneva: Droz, 1994), and Divine and Poetic Freedom in the Renaissance: Nominalist Theology and Literature in France and Italy (Princeton UP, 1990). He has edited several collections of studies, most recently the Cambridge Companion to Montaigne (2005).

Past holder of ACLS, NEH year-long, seminar, and conference fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship, Ullrich Langer received an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Philosophy, studied at the University of Paris-III, the University of Tübingen and the University of Montpellier before receiving his Ph.D. in Romance Languages at Princeton University. His current research interests range from lamentation and gesture in early modern lyric to the rhetoric of legitimate resistance in the 16th and 17th centuries in France.  


Picture of Ann HarrisAssistant to the Director
Ann W. Harris
Room 221


Ann Wysor Harris joined the Institute for Research in the Humanities in July 2009. Before this she held positions in the Deans' office at UW-Extension, at the Small Business Development Center, and at the School for Workers. In May 2013 she was awarded the College of Letters and Science 2012-2013 Classified Staff Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding performance and professionalism in the Institute for Research in the Humanities.


Picture of Katie ApseyProject Assistant
Katie Elizabeth Apsey
Room 220



Katie Apsey is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on Native American dance and performance art and the frameworks used to discuss indigenous performance within museum and gallery spaces. Most recently, she worked at the College Art Association as Manager of Programs where she helped run CAA's annual conference, award juries, and professional development programs. She also spent extensive time working at the Brooklyn Museum as an adult programs educator, a curatorial assistant for the Asian, African, and Islamic collections, and as part of the “Audience Engagement” team that developed the phone app “ASK.”


Picture of Hadis GhaedaEvents Support 
Hadis Ghaedi




Hadis Ghaedi is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests involve applied linguistics, discourse analysis, academic writing and second language acquisition. She has been teaching Academic Writing in the ESL Program at UW-Madison since 2014. She has also experience teaching language learners of many different levels and cultural/linguistic backgrounds both in the U.S. and abroad.  She has helped organize academic/cultural events and conferences held at UW-Madison and other venues.