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"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

Society of American Historians honors William Cronon for literary merit in historical writing

The 10th annual Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for distinguished writing in American history of enduring public significance, given jointly with the Roosevelt Institute, is presented to William Cronon, the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies.

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Meeting in Jerusalem

For three students from Jewish, Muslim and Christian backgrounds, a course on the historic city helped them identify common bonds that cross religious boundaries. 

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Two from UW-Madison among 2017 Carnegie Fellows

Two University of Wisconsin–Madison professors have been named 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellows by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Greg Nemet and Gregg Mitman are among just 35 distinguished scholars, journalists and authors chosen this year from 200 nominees across the country.

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Fueling Discovery

"Fueling Discovery" is a joint effort of the UW-Madison College of Letters & Science and the Wisconsin State Journal. This special section features essays from faculty members across the college about their groundbreaking research. 

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Celebrate Commencement in L&S

We're celebrating you! Please join the College of Letters & Science on Saturday, May 13 at the UW Field House for a special reception honoring the spring 2017 graduates.

Join L&S Dean John Karl Scholz, L&S faculty, and Bucky Badger for refreshments and free portraits, and get geared up for the Camp Randall Ceremony at this free event. Diploma covers are offered to graduates from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Michele Boal: 2017 Entrepreneurial Achievement Award Recipient

In recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in entrepreneurial pursuits, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has awarded distinguished alumna and L&S Board of Visitors member Michele Boal (B.A.'91, Journalism) a 2017 Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.

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