Ringler, Richard Newman 1934-
RINGLER, Richard Newman 1934-
PERSONAL: Born January 21, 1934, in Milwaukee, WI; son of H. Paul (a journalist) and Frieda (a musician; maiden name, Newman) Ringler; married Karin Louise Erickson (a psychologist), December 18, 1959; children: Thor Stephen, Thomasin Louise. Ethnicity: "White." Education: Harvard University, A.B., 1955, Ph.D., 1961; University of Wisconsin—Madison, M.A., 1956.
CAREER: University of Wisconsin—Madison, began as instructor, became professor of English and Scandinavian studies, 1961-2002, professor emeritus, 2002—, Scandinavian department chair, 1968-71, 1980-83, 1999-2000, member of executive committee of Humanities Division, 1969-72, director of Center for International Cooperation and Security Studies, 1985-88, founding executive director of Wisconsin Institute: Consortium for the Study of War, Peace, and Global Cooperation, 1985-89, professor in study abroad program, London, England, 1999. University of Gießen, visiting professor, 1989; guest lecturer at other institutions, including University of Durham, and Alderson-Broaddus College; public speaker on a wide variety of topics, from Scandinavian studies to Zen Buddhism and war and peace; presenter of radio programs for University of the Air, Wisconsin Public Radio, 1995-2002; Wisconsin Humanities Council, member of Speakers Bureau, 2002-03; conference and seminar leader; gives poetry readings.
MEMBER: National Educators for Social Responsibility (member of board of directors, 1983-87; board chair, 1985), Peace Studies Association (member of board of directors, 1988-89), Wisconsin Educators for Social Responsibility (founding president, 1983-88).
AWARDS, HONORS: Woodrow Wilson fellow, 1955-56; fellow of American Council of Learned Societies at University of Iceland, 1965-66, and British Museum, 1971-72; Lithgow Osborne Lecturer, American Scandinavian Foundation, 1971; Broad Street Pump Award, Physicians for Social Responsibility, 1986; Ohio State Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, 1993, for radio series Dilemmas of War and Peace: Gulf War Specials, and 1994, for audiotape series Dilemmas of War and Peace; Distinguished Course Award, Division of Independent Study, National University Continuing Education Association, 1994, for Dilemmas of War and Peace; grant from Fund for the Promotion of Icelandic Literature, Icelandic Ministry of Education, 1994; commendation, Icelandic Ministry of Science, 2000; Knight's Cross of the Order of the Falcon (Iceland), 2004; honorary Ph.D., University of Iceland, 2004; AMOCO teaching award.
(And narrator) Dilemmas of War and Peace: Gulf War Specials (radio series), Wisconsin Public Radio, c. 1993.
Dilemmas of War and Peace: A Companion to Studies, 1993.
Indra's Net (prose and poetry), privately printed, 1994.
(Under name Dick Ringler) Bard of Iceland: Jónas Hallgrímsson, Poet and Scientist, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI), 2002.
Contributor to books, including Saga og Språk: Studies in Language and Literature, edited by John M. Weinstock, University of Texas Press (Austin, TX), 1972; and Essential Articles for the Study of Edmund Spenser, edited by A. C. Hamilton, [Hamden, CT], 1972. Contributor of articles, poetry, and reviews to periodicals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Quarry, Scandinavian Review, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Messenger, Academe, Modern Language Review, Philological Quarterly, and Studies in Philology. Coeditor, Literary Monographs, 1969. General editor of Dilemmas of War and Peace: A Sourcebook, 1993.
WORK IN PROGRESS: A new translation of Beowulf; developing (with others) a free-access Internet Web-based course of instruction in modern Icelandic.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Times Literary Supplement, September 5, 2003, Carolyne Larrington review of Bard of Iceland: Jónas Hallgrímsson, Poet and Scientist, p. 10.