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L&S students and professors examine it from every angle. UW’s “fearless sifting and winnowing” philosophy was born right here. GO BIG. GO BOLD. GO L&S.

“I cannot believe how fast the weeks are going. I want to explore so many things. That’s kind of my philosophy in life: try new things. But I know I have to narrow it down, and that’s super hard.”

“My life’s path will ascend, descend, and meander back and forth. I wouldn’t have it any other way, and I can’t wait for the ride ahead.”

“All of the work I put in this year has revolved around asking myself one question: 'What is the capacity for this to make real, sustainable change?’”

“Based on my experience and that of my mentors, it is clear that successful people strive for and achieve a balance between liberal education, training and experience in life.”

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John Dunne fosters meetings of the minds

The new Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities at the Center for Healthy Minds, affiliated with the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures and the Religious Studies Program, partakes in cross-disciplinary connections that lead to revolutionary research. Dunne focuses on Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice, specifically where they coincide with cognitive science and psychology.

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Cataclysm at meteor crater

In molten sandstone extracted by prospectors a century ago, an international team of scientists has discovered microscopic crystals telling of unimaginable pressures and temperatures when an asteroid formed Meteor Crater in northern Arizona some 49,000 years ago. The crystals, called zircons, leave a “trail of breadcrumbs” for researchers in the Wisconsin Astrobiology Research Consortium who study asteroid impact.

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Economics blogger shows the relevance of research in real time

Since 2005, Menzie Chinn, a professor of public affairs and economics, has contributed to Econbrowser, a blog that analyzes and contextualizes newsworthy happenings and seeks to improve dialogue between academics, policymakers and people outside the field of economics.

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In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Jack Williams on why he's sticking with UW

The geography professor and director of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research explains his reasons for staying at UW-Madison, citing the university's mission of public higher education and a calling to serve.

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Top 10 Reasons to Study the Liberal Arts


Learn  to “sift and winnow” — develop the intellectual courage to seek answers and pose new questions.

Why the Liberal Arts?

Top 10 Reasons to Study the Liberal Arts


Meet amazing people — from your classmates to your TAs to your professors. L&S is home to many of the deepest thinkers on campus.

Top 10 Reasons to Study the Liberal Arts


Develop a deep respect for knowledge and discovery as well as a desire to continue learning for a lifetime.

Top 10 Reasons to Study the Liberal Arts


Join the college of “imagination, expression and discovery” — the biggest college on campus and the heart of this great university.

Top 10 Reasons to Study the Liberal Arts


Dive deep into the humanities — it pays off.

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Top 10 Reasons to Study the Liberal Arts


Nurture your own creativity, and value that in others, in order to find solutions to complex problems, navigate a rapidly changing world, and appreciate the richness of life.

Top 10 Reasons to Study the Liberal Arts


Share your ideas in clear, coherent language, in writing and in person.

Top 10 Reasons to Study the Liberal Arts


Tap into an amazing network of successful UW-Madison L&S alumni who, like you, chose the liberal arts and have never regretted it!

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2015-16 Annual Review

The L&S Annual Review puts the year into perspective and really makes you proud to be a part of L&S.

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