About Craig Werner

My writing and teaching are dedicated to nurturing conversations that cross the lines that keep us from telling the truth…

Craig WernerI’m a writer and teacher based in Madison, Wisconsin, where I teach in the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin. I believe deeply that education—especially the kind that takes places outside the walls of the classroom—is the key to a healthy democratic society. My writing and teaching are dedicated to nurturing conversations that cross the lines that keep us from telling the truth about ourselves and the world we live in. I take Bob Dylan as seriously as James Joyce, Aretha Franklin as seriously as Shakespeare. If we’re going to create the kind of society we want our children to live in, we’re going to have to start paying attention to each other a whole lot more carefully than we do. As I tell my students and every public audience I speak to, when you hear me it may sounds like a solo, but it’s really a chorus of the voices that have taught me over the years.

I’m a native of Colorado who spends as much time as possible each summer working with K-12 teachers in my hometown of Colorado Springs and savoring the silence of the Nada Hermitage outside Crestone, Colorado, with my wife, the visual artist, Leslee Nelson.

 

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For What it’s Worth: Toward a New History of the Sixties

A Focus on the Humanities Lecture

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Talk

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Classes: “Soul Music and the Civil Rights Movement,” “Bob
Dylan and the Beatles,” “Bruce Springsteen’s America,” “Jazz
Aesthetics,” “Sex and Spirituality from Shakespeare to Aretha
Franklin,” “The Vietnam Era: Music, Media and Mayhem,” “James Baldwin and Black Music”

National Association of Summer Sessions Course of the Year for
“Freedom Ride 2001”

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Teaching team, The Odyssey Project for low-income adults

Nominating Committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Member of The Deadly Writers Patrol

Keynote Speaker for Motown’s 50
th
Anniversary Celebration


Commentator on Radio and TV shows on Woody Guthrie, Elvis,
Sam Cooke, Motown, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Bruce
Springsteen, Donny Hathaway, Hip-Hop, the Harlem
Renaissance and dozens of others

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