The College of Letters & Science is home to the humanities, the natural, physical and biological sciences, and the social sciences at UW-Madison. UW’s “fearless sifting and winnowing” philosophy was born right here.

“I have a responsibility to use my skills and what I’ve learned to be a catalyst for change.”

“I want to take as many classes as I can. I want a diverse education — that’s the goal.”

“This is a community full of bright, confident, inspiring people that motivate me to be better.”

“I have so much fire inside of me that gives me the passion to try to change the world.”

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In Isthmus: Ben and Judy Sidran say the Madison Reunion is as much about the future as the past

The Madison Reunion — a countercultural Chautauqua that includes former UW-Madison teachers and students — begins June 14. Isthmus talks to Ben and Judy Sidran, the couple that helped pull it all together.

For Ben Sidran, “the reunion is a way to think about who we are, where we are, how we got here, what did we leave behind, and what can we do about it? Those are the questions. It’s a party, but hopefully people after the weekend will be motivated in some way. To participate. To become active.”

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Researching our origins

The eye needs light to see. Telescopes need darkness to see distant light in the universe. The Southern African Large Telescope, (SALT) is like a giant eye in located in a remote area of South African, where it gathers data on astronomical objects visible only from the Southern Hemisphere.