In On Wisconsin Magazine: La Follette alum Paul Rusk

“We must always remember that we — the people of this nation — should and can be ‘the powers that be,’ ” said Paul Rusk (BS’77 Horticulture, MA’91 Public Affairs and Administration) in a speech during UW–Madison’s 1977 spring commencement.

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$100,000 poetry prize for History alum

On Tuesday, May 1, the Poetry Foundation announced that Martín Espada was awarded the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which is presented annually in recognition of the lifetime achievements of a living US poet.

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The art of cheesemaking

History grad Mike Matucheski blends creativity and a love of tradition with scientific rigor to produce award-winning cheeses for Sartori Cheese Company.

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In WPR: Changing the narrative about being black and hooded

The #Blackandhooded hashtag, which has since gained traction across the world and spurred offshoots including a website and scholarship fund, was created last year by University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni Anthony Wright and Brian Allen.

"That negative connotation that's associated with being black and in the hood is kind of what sparked our interest to change the negative narrative into a positive one," said Wright, 

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In Isthmus: Guardians of the art

New Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) curators Leah Kolb (BA'07 History, MA'11 Library & Information Studies) and Mel Becker Solomon (BA'03, Sociology and Psychology, MA'11, Library & Information Studies) are tasked with selecting and protecting Madison’s visual treasures

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The Ben Sidran collection is home to stay in Madison

As a long-time Madisonian and UW Distinguished alumnus, it’s quite fitting that Ben Sidran’s archives remain in Madison. Sidran’s expansive career has taken him from Racine, WI, where he enjoyed playing boogie woogie piano as a little boy, to sharing his talents with the world, and gaining widespread acclaim in Europe and Japan, in particular.

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In Isthmus: Ben and Judy Sidran say the Madison Reunion is as much about the future as the past

The Madison Reunion — a countercultural Chautauqua that includes former UW-Madison teachers and students — begins June 14. Isthmus talks to Ben and Judy Sidran, the couple that helped pull it all together.

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In the Cap Times: UW-Madison alums start a movement with #BlackandHooded pride

It’s graduation season, and UW-Madison alums Anthony Wright and Brian Allen are promoting #BlackandHooded to black recipients of advanced degrees, inviting them to share photos celebrating their accomplishments.

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In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin alums use #BlackandHooded to recognize African-Americans earning advanced degrees

Using social media, two University of Wisconsin-Madison alums have created a movement among African-American students in higher education that has two goals: one academic, the other political.

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