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3D scan will reveal the stories hidden within 1,200-year-old Wisconsin canoe

May 24, 2022

Lennon Rodgers of the College of Engineering performed the scan on the 15-foot dugout canoe recovered in 2021 from the waters of Lake Mendota, part of the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

An update on the Public History Project

July 13, 2021

Director Kacie Lucchini Butcher discusses the UW–Madison Public History Project — "a multi-year effort to uncover and give voice to those who experienced, challenged and overcame prejudice on campus" — as it builds toward a public exhibit in fall 2022.

Why do we call it herd immunity?

April 27, 2021

The term first appeared in a British public health journal in 1923 in reference to bacterial transmission in mice. This study looked at vaccines, and how vaccinating some mice out of a group — or a “herd” — might begin to prevent bacterial transmission between them.

In virtual classrooms, UW–Madison instructors find meaningful ways to connect with students

March 3, 2021

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic forced many courses online last year, UW–Madison instructors have been investing great thought and effort into making their virtual classrooms engaging and inclusive.

More than a footnote: Remembering the life of William S. Noland, the first known Black graduate of UW–Madison

March 3, 2021

Noland, a member of the first Black family to establish permanent residence in Madison, received his UW degree on June 17, 1875.

When perseverance is the only option: Mabel Watson Raimey

March 3, 2021

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.

Student to student: Black History Month is more than just a month

February 10, 2021

Black history can mean appreciating an influential figure who lived long ago, or a deeply personal present-day connection. UW students tell what it means to them.

New public history collective focuses on neglected history of Latinx in Wisconsin

January 26, 2021

The project will not only add critical perspectives and missing facts to the historical record, but will also help combat ongoing racism and bias.

Born of activism, UW’s Afro-American Studies Department celebrates 50 years of scholarship, teaching excellence

September 22, 2020

Five decades after its founding, UW–Madison’s Afro-American Studies Department is being recognized this year for its contributions to campus — both scholarly and social — and for its groundbreaking work nationally.

When bomb tore through Sterling Hall 50 years ago, he was inside: ‘I still have flashbacks’

August 18, 2020

Bill Evans remembers feeling the building shudder, then seeing a wave of dirt and dust blow by a lab door. He immediately reported that something terrible had happened.

At University Hospital, damage and shock in aftermath of 1970 Sterling Hall bombing

August 18, 2020

The blast shattered most of the hospital's east-facing windows, including those in the intensive care unit. “Our assignment was to pick glass off of patients,” remembers a nursing student.

Happy birthday – and Father’s Day – to Bascom Hall

June 22, 2020

Florence Bascom was proud of her father John Bascom because he was a strong early advocate for women in academia. She proposed renaming University Hall in her father’s honor, and on June 22, 1920, a formal dedication took place.

Black History Month: For Mabel Watson Raimey, perseverance was the only option

February 14, 2020

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.

‘Radical Pedagogy’ exhibition opens Oct. 11 in new Lathrop Gallery Space

October 7, 2019

The photographs, visual art and films bear witness to the influence of Margaret H’Doubler, who made dance a rigorous academic discipline and the body the route to scientific inquiry, self-discovery, creativity and citizenship. 

‘These spaces are sacred’: Ho-Chunk speaker urges mindfulness, reverence of campus indigenous sites

September 24, 2019

She invited audience members to picture the land as it once was, with wigwams up and down the Isthmus and a gathering space for international council meetings of tribal leaders near today’s Wisconsin State Capitol.