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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.

Sifting and winnowing turns 125: The tumultuous story of three little words

September 17, 2019

Sifting and winnowing has a special meaning at UW–Madison. Those words were first shared on Sept. 18, 1894, by the UW Board of Regents in defense of a professor named Richard Ely. How did an agricultural phrase come to symbolize academic freedom?

In Classics Camp, middle schoolers are introduced to the wonders of ancient Greece and Rome

August 21, 2019

The kids make their own togas and wax writing tablets, visit museums on campus to see ancient artifacts and learn about kid-worthy topics like the Trojan War, Roman weapons and Greek toilets.

Berlin conference explores influence of UW–Madison’s Professor Mosse

July 23, 2019

George Mosse was a pioneering historian and authority on Nazism who himself fled the Nazi regime. Students flocked to his UW classes, drawn by his charismatic style and his insights into European cultural history.

Mildred Fish-Harnack honored as hero of resistance to Nazi regime

July 11, 2019

UW-Madison alumna Mildred Fish-Harnack became a resistance fighter in Nazi Germany and was the only American civilian to be executed on the direct order of Adolf Hitler. On July 12, a statue called "Mildred" is being dedicated in a Madison park.

Blank’s Slate: UW celebrates Pride Month, Stonewall

June 28, 2019

Chancellor Blank and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori Reesor share how campus is marking the 50th anniversary of a groundbreaking moment in the LGBTQ+ rights movement.