Tag History

Cronon honored by British Academy

July 24, 2017

William J. Cronon, the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at UW–Madison, has been elected to the newest cohort of Fellows of the British Academy.

Through robust collaboration, UW students help new museum launch inaugural exhibit

July 10, 2017

Over two years, UW–Madison students have researched dozens of objects in the Mount Horeb Area Historical Society’s expansive collection.

Father-son team brings philosophers to graphic life in ‘Heretics!’

June 21, 2017

Philosophy professor Steven Nadler is known for serious scholarship. For his latest book, he has chosen a very different format: full of bright illustrations and characters speaking in word bubbles.

UW researchers help preserve heritage of ‘Norway Building’

May 31, 2017

The historic "Norway Building" near Mount Horeb has been disassembled and sent to Norway, but researchers at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) have found a way to display the church for visitors in virtual reality.

South African cave yields yet more fossils of a newfound relative

May 9, 2017

The discovery of the new Homo naledi fossils, representing the remains of at least three juvenile and adult specimens, includes a “wonderfully complete skull,” says UW–Madison anthropologist John Hawks.

Festival celebrates 90 years of UW dance

April 21, 2017

“This festival is a great opportunity for us to look back at our history,” says Jin-Wen Yu, professor and chair of UW–Madison’s Dance Department.

Trailblazing African history scholar Jan Vansina dies

February 14, 2017

Vansina's work led to acceptance in the academic world of oral traditions as valid sources of history, countering the once-prevalent attitude that cultures without texts had no history.

Northwoods Tour project helps preserve everyone’s history

December 16, 2016

A UW–Madison team recognized the significance of preserving home videos and other personal histories in new and reliable formats. To share that expertise across the state, they launched a project called the Northwoods Tour.

UW search team finds downed WWII plane

November 9, 2016

This summer, in a unique collaboration, a team from the University of Wisconsin–Madison recovered wreckage and possible human remains from a site in France where an American pilot crashed during World War II.

Video chronicles UW–Madison students’ journey to Washington

November 2, 2016

UW-Madison students recently traveled to Washington D.C. for the grand opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History & Culture. View their story.

A century on, celebrating the first Yiddish-language college course

September 15, 2016

Louis Wolfenson started teaching Yiddish at the UW in 1916, more than 30 years before Yiddish classes originated in New York City.

UW-Madison joins the Digital Public Library of America

August 8, 2016

Wisconsin’s libraries, archives and museums are joining their peers around the country in providing free online access to their digital collections through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Rare ice data collected by early ‘citizen scientists’ confirms warming since Industrial Revolution

April 26, 2016

Data reveals increasing trends toward later ice cover formation and earlier spring breakup.

UW-Madison awarded NEH grant to preserve historic recordings

March 23, 2016

The award will ensure that listeners today and in the future will be able to hear rare fragments of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest’s musical past.

Specimens from George Washington Carver discovered at UW–Madison

February 12, 2016

At least 25 specimens of fungi that infect plants, collected more than a century ago, were found in the Wisconsin State Herbarium.