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Bob Dylan’s electric guitar and leather jacket inspire a dissertation

The singer-songwriter’s controversial performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival inspired Rivka Maizlish to look into the debate over how Americans have defined "folk."

Student to student: A reunion of ‘60s activists from Madison imparts lessons to millennials about achieving change

For three days in June, hundreds of aging radicals, activists and former University of Wisconsin students returned to Madison – once a “cradle of counterculture” – to relive the 1960s through a mix of music, art, politics and history. Today's millennials can learn from them.

Students help capture campus protest voices from 50 years ago through public history project

UW–Madison students who helped collect and process audio interviews about the 1967 Dow protests on campus say they learned some valuable lessons from the accounts.

Two faculty receive summer humanities research support from the NEH

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. The stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences or both.

Chancellor Blank responds to report on student organizations that took name of KKK in 1920s

This report does not make for comfortable reading, nor should it," Blank writes. "It makes clear that the history our campus needs to confront is not merely that of these two groups or a particular set of individuals, but 'a pervasive culture of racial and religious bigotry.'”

UW-Madison #throwback meme discovery made

Was the first meme ever first published in a 1921 humor magazine at UW–Madison? We think so.

Ingersoll Physics Museum celebrates 100 years of hands-on education

Last year, more than 14,000 visitors came to the free museum to spin bicycle-wheel gyroscopes, crank electrical generators, and yank on pulleys.

History Ph.D. candidate tells how immigrants from Mexico helped shape Wisconsin’s story

Ph.D. candidate Sergio González, who grew up in a tightly knit Latino community in Milwaukee, traces the diverse history of Mexicans in Wisconsin in his new book.

UW Press book inspires national framework for teaching about slavery

A new report found a broad failure of textbooks, state standards and pedagogy to adequately address the role slavery played in the development of the United States — or how its legacies still influence us today.

Did ‘On, Wisconsin’ originate as a Civil War battle cry

The Battle of Chattanooga from the Milwaukee-based American Panoramic Company’s cyclorama “The Storming of Missionary Ridge.” Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society…

On 500th anniversary, class examines how Martin Luther went viral

Luther’s "95 Theses" prompted the Protestant Reformation. His message spread far and wide, gaining momentum with each share. His novel platform: the printed page.

Memorial Union has evolved over the years, but that union vibe remains

A recently completed renovation of Memorial Union is only the latest of the many changes it's undergone in its nearly 90 years of existence. Take a look back.

Through multimedia project, alumni reflect on how the Dow protests changed them

Fifty years after campus protests against Dow Chemical Company, UW–Madison asked six alumni to reflect on how the protests altered their lives. Their memories anchor “A Turning Point,” an original multimedia web project by University Communications and University Marketing.

A Turning Point: Six stories from the Dow protests

Fifty years ago the Dow Chemical protests brought everyday life on the UW–Madison campus to an abrupt halt. Hear from six UW alumni – ordinary students whose lives were forever changed by that momentous day.

John Hall Q&A: UW professor is about to witness and document Pentagon history

UW-Madison history professor John Hall, who's been named historian for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Department of Defense, reflects on his new role and American history.

Series offers new insight into Jane Austen on 200th anniversary of her death

Jane Austen: Remembered and Revisited invites community members to explore her work and her world, drawing on UW–Madison expertise in literature, dance, music, film and visual arts.