The lessons of history

UW-Madison's history department is where students encounter different perspectives on a past they may have taken for granted or thought they knew well. Three professors share the questions and insights that emerge when old narratives are challenged, and there's more diversity at the front of the room. 

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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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Warming up to hygge

A traditional Danish concept is giving Americans the warm fuzzies. But a Scandinavian Studies professor warns we might be missing the true essence of hygge.

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Building character

First-generation college student Alexandra Pleasant is writing her own path forward. 

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New Faculty Focus: Anatoly Detwyler

He brings a focus on modern Chinese literature and history to the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. 

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Linking science and the humanities

Want to gain a broader understanding of biology, increase your chance at getting into med school or become a better vet? There’s a humanities class for that, thanks to the new Constellations program.

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New Faculty Focus: Margaret Butler

The visiting associate professor brings to the Mead Witter School of Music expertise in European opera and American musical theater. 

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A peek at the new Hamel Music Center

Construction began in February 2017 and is scheduled for completion in 2019. Located at the corner of Lake Street and University Avenue, the building is named in honor of Pamela and UW–Madison alumnus George Hamel. The Hamel family, which includes three generations of UW–Madison alumni, contributed $15 million to the project and has supported the university through gifts to athletics, scholarships, facilities and faculty support.

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Celebrating the French House at 100

La Maison Française marks a century of creating cultural connections for students and the broader Madison community. 

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