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Lands We Share project about six state farms wraps up with Madison exhibit

April 16, 2019

Focusing on the intersection of farming, land, race, and ethnicity in the state, this initiative of the Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project set out with a goal of bringing people from diverse backgrounds together; people often separated despite living and working in the same towns or regions.

UW Arboretum added to National Register of Historic Places

April 12, 2019

The Arboretum is recognized because of its restored habitats, landscape architecture, education and research, architectural elements, and its hosting of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the 1930s.

When perseverance is the only option: Mabel Watson Raimey

March 12, 2019

Raimey is believed to have been the first African-American woman to graduate from UW–Madison. And that is just the beginning of her story, as we continue our series UW Women at 150.

Student-driven oral history project marks 50th anniversary of Black Student Strike on campus

February 7, 2019

"13 demands" recounts the Black Student Strike of February 1969 through the memories of more than two dozen people who organized, participated in or witnessed it. The protest, surging and ebbing over roughly two weeks, was among the largest in the university’s history.

Ada Deer: A lifetime of firsts

December 18, 2018

Deer, a 1957 graduate, went on to become the first female chair of Wisconsin's Menominee Indian Tribe as well as a national leader in Indian affairs.

Nursing pioneer Signe Skott Cooper: From the farm to the battlefield

November 11, 2018

Cooper devoted more than 60 years to nursing education at UW–Madison and within the UW System. Her wartime service shaped her life, personally and professionally.

12 famous people you didn’t know went to UW–Madison

October 17, 2018

Homecoming is an occasion often involving food, friends and football — but it’s also a time to welcome Badger alumni back to campus. …

Stone survivors: Law School gargoyles reunited after nearly 70 years apart

September 18, 2018

Some families have a dog or cat; the Been family has a gargoyle. Now, it’s going back to its original home at the University of Wisconsin Law School — and the intriguing story of its loss and recovery is being told.

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

July 25, 2018

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

July 3, 2018

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

May 4, 2018

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

April 24, 2018

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

April 19, 2018

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

April 18, 2018

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

March 9, 2018

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

March 2, 2018

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

February 20, 2018

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.