A transporting text

Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place, this year’s Great World Texts in Wisconsin selection, is offering high school students across Wisconsin the chance to see a place — and history — with a new lens.

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Return on investment

David Johnson knows that most of the students who take his Principles of Microeconomics course won’t go on to become economics majors. That’s fine, says the popular instructor. One semester’s all he needs to change the way they look at the world.

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After the violence

A journalist becomes a scholar to shed light on why genocide happens, and how to prevent it.

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UW-Madison mourns renowned sociologist Erik Olin Wright

The leader in Marxian sociology is remembered as much for his contributions to the field as his dedication to make the world a better place for all.

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Knowledge is power

How does a farmer’s son end up running one of the nation’s top utility companies? John Rowe attributes his success to working hard, taking chances and heeding lessons from history. 

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Pieces of history

How everyday objects can teach us about the past — and ourselves.

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New Faculty Focus: Matthew D. Sinclair

After discovering a passion for computer architecture while an undergrad at UW, Sinclair returns to campus to teach in the Department of Computer Sciences.

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New Faculty Focus: Vivak Patel

He joins the Department of Statistics, with a research focus at the intersection of numerical optimization and statistical estimation. 

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New Faculty Focus: Laila Amine

She joins the English Department as one of four new scholars of Global Black Studies.

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