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The College of Letters & Science is the liberal arts college, home to the humanities, the natural, physical and biological sciences, and the social sciences. UW’s “fearless sifting and winnowing” philosophy was born right here. GO BIG. GO BOLD. GO L&S.

"I think we have to admit that the current distribution of power in the world is not balanced. I would like to work on this."

“I have a renewed sense of purpose and of responsibility to use language skills in a way that is useful and, when appropriate, to be of service to others."

“Educating others while simultaneously researching topics I am passionate about is exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

"My being a first-generation refugee and a child of immigrants is a very big part of my identity. I don’t think anything means more than the connections you make with other human beings."

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Latest from L&S

Warrior Book Club, lead by L&S student, strengthens connections between veterans and civilians

UW-Madison graduate student Molly Harris has not served in the military, nor have her brother or parents. She finds the situation fairly common among her peers. The civilian-military divide led her to partner with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum on the Warrior Book Club.

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Experiments test how easy life itself might be

On a lab benchtop, a handful of glass vials taped to a rocker gently sway back and forth. Inside the vials, a mixture of organic chemicals and tiny particles of fool’s gold are begging a question seemingly beyond their humble appearance: Where did life come from?

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Women in the UW-Madison math department find strength in numbers

More female mathematicians teach, mentor and conduct research at UW-Madison than at nearly any other major math department in the country. They’re not only helping to change the face of math here and now, but making it easier for the next generations of women to pursue the path.

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Big Apple Badgers: Gabriel Stulman

L&S graduate Gabriel Stulman ('03, History and Political Science) is the celebrated owner of five successful restaurants in New York City's West Village. From cook to waiter to bartender to owner, he has done it all in a notably demanding industry.

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