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Honors College Events and Cosponsorships

Honors faculty and staff nominate STEW, recipient of the 2014 Honorary Doctorate

For his many contributions beginning in 2011 to the UW Oshkosh campus and to our community, musician, composer, and Tony Award-winning playwright Stew was co-nominated for UW Oshkosh’s 2014 Honorary Doctorate by a committee of Stew enthusiasts–Honors Director Laurence D. Carlin, UHP Faculty members Don Dingledine (Department of English) and Alan Lareau (Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures), and Honors staff member Julie Russo. 

The application included a detailed description of Stew’s performances, classes, and public talks; promotional materials from his three campus visits; and—our most convincing evidence—the words, voices, and expression offered from Stewdents of all persuasions. These accounts took form as compelling letters of support from a wide range of professors and as enlightening endorsements from students from all four colleges, all of whom witnessed and embraced “the Stew Effect.”

The committee is especially grateful to Professors Larry Herzberg (Department of Philosophy), Miles Maguire (Department of Journalism), Roberta Maguire (Department of English), and Dennis Rioux (Department of Physics and Astronomy) for their ardent contributions. 

Stew was awarded the Doctorate of Humane Letters at Commencement on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

In UW Oshkosh’s long history of bestowing honorary degrees to those “who have contributed significantly to the University, to the state, or to the nation,” Stew’s is the first our campus has awarded to an artist.

Congratulations, Dr. Stew!

DR. CAROLYN L. KARCHER - October 14, 2015 (Cosponsor)

STEW - October 17, 2013 (Honors Event)

“Art: Luxury or Necessity?” marked Stew’s third visit to the UW Oshkosh campus. Details are here

PASSING STRANGE (Film Presentation) - October 10, 2013 (Honors Event)

Introductions by Dr. Don Dingledine (Associate Professor of English) and Dr. Alan Lareau (Professor of German)

BE THE MATCH - April 24 and 25, 2013 (Cosponsor)

Many hundreds of students and staff took part in this bone marrow donor registry campaign to benefit Be the Match ( This was the second such on-campus event coordinated by Jonathan Dudzinski, a donor himself in 2011, who is a UW Oshkosh alumnus (double major in Accounting and Finance, Spring 2012) and University Honors Program Graduate.

DR. ELLIOTT SOBER - April 18, 2013 (Honors Event)

“Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards?”

SABINE BERENDSE AND PAUL CLEMENTS - April 24, 2012 (Cosponsor)

“Revolutions in Music: Hanns Eisler Remembers”

STEW - November 9, 2011 (Honors Event)

“How to Get to Broadway by Accident: Stew Talks About Passing Strange, Rock n Roll vs. Musical Theater, and the Pleasures of Personal Chronology”

DR. KEVIN MEEHAN - November 18, 2011 (Cosponsor)

“African-American and Haitian Solidarity: From the Battle of Savannah to the Haitian Bicentennial”

PASSING STRANGE (Film Presentation) - October 25, 2011 (Honors Event)

Introduction by Dr. Don Dingledine and Dr. Roberta Maguire

STEVE PAULSON - October 26, 2010 (Honors Event)

“Science and Religion: What’s Really at Stake in This Debate?”

DR. LENI SORENSEN - November 12, 2009 (Cosponsor)

“Gumbo and Maize: African and African American Foodways”

“Chefs and Slaves: The Cooks in Jefferson’s Kitchen”

STANLEY CROUCH - February 28, 2008 (Honors Event)

“Blues for America”