Shining a light on trailblazing women

Psychology alumna Nancy Armstrong shares the stories of the modern American women’s movement to inspire future leaders.

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Asking — and answering — the big questions in higher education

An award-winning book co-edited by philosophy professor Harry Brighouse brings together scholars to explore major issues in the changing role of universities. 

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Digitizing the middle ages

A project linking medieval maps showcases the power and potential of a digital platform that English professor Martin Foys has spent years developing — and is now creating a home for here at UW-Madison.

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Investing in Students

Inspired by their sons’ experiences at UW-Madison, the Konner family supports the L&S Career Initiative in launching other students on paths to success.

Kevah and Michele Konner witnessed their sons’ journeys on many visits to Madison over the years. Inspired by what they were seeing, they wanted to give back to the university to help other students thrive. When they learned about the College of Letters & Science Career Initiative, they were moved by its practical yet powerful mission in teaching students to leverage their liberal arts educations into successful careers.

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From Mad Town to 'Mad Men'

Mad MenBreaking Bad and The Walking Dead have drawn us into their unique worlds because of their incredible storytelling and vivid sense of place. And these hit AMC shows have all become part of popular culture thanks to L&S alum Josh Sapan, who has helmed the network for the past two decades.

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Playing by ear

In just three semesters at the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music, assistant professor of violin Soh-Hyun Park Altino has made a stirring performance debut, forged deep connections with students and staged a pretty epic performance at Camp Randall. 

On January 22, 2017, Professor Altino will perform a recital with pianist Christopher Taylor. Read our Q&A to learn more about the performance, Professor Altino's favorite type of music to perform, and her teaching approach. 

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La Follette professor finds UW-Madison a great place for research and public service

Tim Smeeding has spent four decades researching economic inequality and generously shares his expertise with groups, nonprofits and government entities, both close to home and around the world.

Smeeding has dedicated his career to studying poverty and economic inequality. While directing UW-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty from 2008 to 2014, he spearheaded the Wisconsin Poverty Report, which provides county-level information about economic well-being across the state. 

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Becoming a thinker: Undergraduates discover excitement of research

The Undergraduate Research Scholars program connects first- and second-year students with research opportunities and thought-provoking discussions that put their research into a broader context. The program, which started in the late 1990s, allows students earn credit while gaining research experience and interacting with faculty, and it connects them with fellow participants and peer mentors in weekly group meetings.

Right now, URS students are working on the Ice Cube project, analyzing literature from a 20th-century African American playwright and researching bilingual Spanish students, among other fascinating pursuits.

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Examining American girlhood through literature

Professor Brigitte Fielder’s comparative literature course, American Girls & American Girlhood, contrasts American Girl stories with 19th and 20th century books to explore definitions of “American” and “girl.” 

The course explores the stories of Kirstin, Addy, Kaya, Kit and others alongside literary texts written for both children and adults. It’s been a popular course each spring semester, attracting many students who grew up with the iconic series of dolls and books.

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