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The Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures is committed to the languages and cultural traditions of this region’s diverse peoples. We foster research and the preservation of archival collections, while producing educational and outreach programs for a broad public audience. We also assist community groups, classrooms, and scholars with projects involving Upper Midwestern Cultures.

The Region

A territory of woods, waters, fields, small towns, and blue collar cities, the Upper Midwest has long been a cultural middle ground: the meeting place for centuries of Woodland and Plains Indians, the American region with the most entrenched and varied European-American population as well as growing communities of African, Asian, and Hispanic Americans. While the contours of the Upper Midwest are not precisely defined, most consider Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as the heart of the region (with overlap into lower Michigan, Ontario, Manitoba, the Dakotas, Iowa, and Illinois).


  • Upcoming Virtual Events at Nordic Folklife!

    We’d like to share with you some (FREE!) virtual events the CSUMC Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest (aka Nordic Folklife) project is organizing. On April 24th from 11am-12:30pm (Central time) we’ll be …

  • Ethics of Care Workshop, May 13-14, 2021

    We’d like to draw your attention to a wonderful virtual conference organized by the Ethics of Care Workshop taking place May 13-14, 2021. The conference theme is “Relations and Care Across and After Worlds,” and …

  • Recognition for Colleague Christine Garlough

    CSUMC affiliate and Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, Dr. Christine Garlough, is being recognized for her 2013 book, Desi Divas: Political Activism in South Asian American Cultural Performances. Desi Divas was recently selected by …

  • New Virtual Exhibit: Traveling Traditions

    The Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest project at UW–Madison is delighted to announce the launch of a digital exhibit, created by UW graduate student Mirva Johnson, entitled “Traveling Traditions: Nordic Folk Arts …

  • Virtual Event: EnCompassing Culture

    We would like to draw your attention to a virtual event to be held over Zoom on Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm. The event is called “EnCompassing Culture: Reclaiming Indigenous Space through StoryMap,” and …

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