In Weston's Antique Apple Orchards is where history grows on trees

Ken Weston (BS'52, MS'55, PhD'63, Mathematics), 88, and his sister Genevieve Weston, 87, continue to operate Weston's Antique Apple Orchards in New Berlin, WI. The orchard is operated as a nonprofit, and the Westons are making sure that the history of the orchard and its apples is being preserved with the help of a few employees and a team of volunteers.

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A turning point: Six stories from the 1967 Dow Chemical protests at UW-Madison

On Oct. 18, 1967, a sit-in against the Dow Chemical Company erupted into violence as Madison police officers in riot gear forcibly removed antiwar demonstrators from the Commerce Building, now known as Ingraham Hall. Thousands became caught up in the ensuing melee, some as active participants, others as spectators and bystanders.

Fifty years later, UW-Madison asked six alumni to reflect on how the Dow protests altered their lives. 

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In The New Yorker: Danez Smith’s Ecstatic Body Language

In their third book, “Don’t Call Us Dead,” poet Danez Smith (BA'12, English) brings the unruly power of performance to the written word.

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School of Social Work announces largest gift to date

A $5 million gift honors two UW-Madison alumni and supports graduate students pursuing careers in social work.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: John Hanc MA'83

To write a book proposal on a woman known as the Marathon Goddess, John Hanc MA’83, a runner himself, spent a weekend shadowing Julie Weiss in Los Angeles — even running part of the 2017 LA marathon at her side. 

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L&S alumni Robert Bergman, Kelly Kahl receive Distinguished Alumni Awards, WAA's highest honor

The Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) will honor four alumni with its highest distinction: the Distinguished Alumni Award. Two of the 2017 recipients — Robert Bergman and Kelly Kahl — are L&S graduates. 

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In ARTNews: Zola Jesus on Artists From Different Disciplines Who Inspired Her New Album, ‘Okovi’

Zola Jesus, also known as Nika Roza Danilova (BA'10, French), is a musician with roots in Wisconsin and a stirring goth-inflected sound that started gaining attention in independent music circles in 2009, when she released her debut, The Spoils. She recently released Okovi, a new album that was anointed with Pitchfork’s ”Best New Music” designation. 

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Map Quest

Archaeologist Chris Fisher (MA’95, PhD’00, Anthropology) risked snakes, spiders, jaguars, and flesh-eating bacteria to discover a lost city in Honduras.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: From campus comedian to king of kids' comedy

“Madison made me fearless,” says Steve Marmel ’88, describing his six-year stint as a journalism major at the UW. Initially hoping to emulate Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist Mike Royko, Marmel instead developed his comedic voice on campus and now produces the Disney Channel’s kid-friendly, animated-robot series Mech-X4.

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