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Meet The Fellows

James P. Leary

James P. Leary is the Birgit Baldwin Professor of Scandinavian Studies, a professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, and a co-founder of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures at UW–Madison. Recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Humanities Scholarship, Leary is a fellow of the American Folklore Society and co-editor of Journal of American Folklore. 

David Frank

David Frank (and family) moved to Wisconsin when he was appointed Artistic Director of the American Players Theatre in the summer of 1991. First as the artistic leader, and eventually as both artistic and managing leader, Frank helped guide this most surprising company through more than two decades of remarkable growth and success.

Tino Balio

Tino Balio is the preeminent scholar of Hollywood filmmaking as an American industry and professor emeritus of communication arts at UW–Madison. Beginning in the 1970s, Balio’s books pioneered the study of show business as a business. Countless researchers have drawn information, ideas, and methods from his work. His 2010 book, The Foreign Film Renaissance on American Screens, was reviewed by the New Republic and the Wall Street Journal.

Molly Jahn

Molly Jahn has demonstrated major achievement not only in her research as a plant breeder and as a teacher, but also in her service to Wisconsin and society at large. Jahn is currently a professor in the Laboratory of Genetics and Department of Agronomy at UW–Madison. She holds adjunct appointments at Seoul National University and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Jim Latimer

Jim Latimer has an exemplary dedication to music and the arts. He lives his belief that music is for everyone. He gives back to the community through his extraordinary talent in music performance and teaching, as well as through his warm personality. This is proven by audience responses to his performances as a percussionist and conductor. He has a unique ability to combine everyday values of excellence and fairness in everything he does.

Jerry Apps

Thousands of people have learned about Wisconsin’s unique history by reading books written by Jerry Apps. His distinguished career as a prolific author includes more than thirty fiction, nonfiction and children’s books that relate to rural history and country life. Each book offers a vivid slice of rural life in Wisconsin and the Midwest; taken together, Apps’ body of work provides a compelling picture of the history and culture of this state.

Jean Feraca

Respected poet, journalist, and radio host Jean Feraca is a 27-year veteran of public talk radio. She brought to her broadcast career a lively personal style and sense of adventure perfectly suited to creating a global, on-air community.

Dietram Scheufele

Dietram A. Scheufele is the John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Honorary Professor of Communication at the Dresden University of Technology (Germany).

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