History Faculty, Students, Alumni Speak About the Humanities Building

Mosse Humanies Building arial view
George L. Mosse Humanities Building

Professor Leonora Neville (History Department Chair), senior history major Max Herteen, and alumnus Rick Schlesinger (’83, member of the History Board of Visitors and President of Business Operations at the Milwaukee Brewers) are featured in a new video advocating for the proposed construction of a future L&S Academic Building to rehouse the History Department and replace Mosse Humanities.

The University of Wisconsin is currently working to secure state support for a new L&S Academic Building in an effort to replace outdated classrooms, crumbling infrastructure, and unsustainable costs of degradation in the Mosse Humanities Building with a forward-thinking space designed to properly serve a growing undergraduate population, including new classrooms that will support active learning, modern technology, and collaborative work. Learn more about the proposal and how you can support it here.

Of Mosse Humanities, Professor Leonora Neville states, “When we talk to our alumni, so many of them talk about the good education they received despite being in Humanities.”

Rick Schlesinger echoes this sentiment with his statement: “Having a liberal arts degree is incredibly valuable. Most of the executives at the Brewers that work for me have a liberal arts background…I was a history and political science major so I had a lot of classes in the Humanities Building and it sort of stands out in Madison as sort of an eyesore to be blunt…We don’t want students to be learning in an environment that’s substandard and that literally is falling apart. The students deserve better. We need to put them in an environment where they can you know grow and do and reach their full potential, and have an environment that’s conducive to learning, and have an environment that’s 21st century.”

Current history major Max Herteen says, “There are certain places in the Humanities Building you just can’t have technology because of structural concerns, because you know, the windows are leaking, because of the humidity, things like that.”

Whether you have an affinity for the Brutalist architecture that characterizes Mosse Humanities or you despise it, there are many reasons to support a future L&S Academic Building. Watch the full video on YouTube.