Lauren Surovi named a Mellon Public Humanities Fellow at the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities

For the 2019-2020 academic year, Lauren Surovi (PhD candidate in Italian) has been named one of five Mellon Public Humanities Fellows at the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities.

The Mellon Public Humanities Fellows are part of Engaging the Humanities, a multi-year project generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that creates opportunities for UW-Madison graduate students and faculty to broaden the impact of their research through workshops, seminars, programs, and visiting scholars, in addition to the fellowships.

This year, Lauren will be collaborating with Associate Dean Brian Short at Madison College to examine community perceptions of the College’s largest program, the Liberal Arts Transfer, while also looking at perceptions of transfer opportunities at the college more broadly. She will spend the year collecting stories and experiences, as well as gauging perceptions from a wide group of people, including students (both current and prospective), advisors, faculty, parents, administrators, and other community stakeholders. The project will culminate in a series of recommendations to the College aimed at improving communication and outreach to the community at large related to the value of the Liberal Arts Transfer program.

For more information about the Public Humanities Fellowship program, visit:

If you would like to get in touch with Lauren to learn more about this project or share your own story, she can be reached at: