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‘On, Wisconsin’ origin story: The forward-looking phrase was used as a Civil War battle cry

November 21, 2017

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

October 27, 2017

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

October 11, 2017

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

October 10, 2017

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

October 10, 2017

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

September 15, 2017

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

August 29, 2017

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.

UW military historian to serve Joint Chiefs of Staff

August 9, 2017

Prof. John Hall's role will involve following the development of counter-terrorism plans and strategy at the highest levels of the U.S. government and writing the official history of these efforts.

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.