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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LAB3 exhibition helps high school students merge physics and art

The LAB3 project teamed UW–Madison physicists and Madison-based artists and writers with high school students from the area. Over the summer, six teams — each composed of one scientist, one visual or performing artist, one writer, and three to four high schoolers — explored current areas of scientific research ranging from neutrinos to dark matter to cosmic rays.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Empowering mothers

A new book by Afro-American studies alumna Sagashus Levingston (MA’096) gives voice to mothers from all walks of life. 

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New Korean Language Flagship Program to launch

The second of its kind in the nation — which will give UW-Madison students a new way to pursue intensive study of Korean language and culture — adds to the university’s reputation as a foreign-language leader. 

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Learning to sail

It was a gray Friday afternoon, cloudy and unusually chilly for September, with a heavy chance of rain. Most of the sailing classes offered through Wisconsin Hoofers had been canceled for the day — except for physics student Jay Chan’s sailing lesson, which he prepared for eagerly despite the darkening skies.

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Humanities for All highlights Great World Texts

Great World Texts in Wisconsin is a yearlong program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Humanities that brings contemporary and historical literature from around the world to life in Wisconsin high schools.

“Great works of literature are for everybody and we believe, I believe, and the program demonstrates, that that diversity is precisely what literature is good for,” Center director Sara Guyer tells Humanities for All, part of the National Humanities Alliance. 

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Parental POV: History course tackles the 1970s-90s through a generational lens

For the sake of learning — and with occasional family healing — a UW history course is asking students to turn their parents into historical subjects. Professor Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen’s History 221 course, The History of Your Parents’ Generation (1970s–90s), tackles a tumultuous few decades, assigning students to interview their parents (“compelling figures in the drama of American life in their own right,” the syllabus states) about their upbringing and their memories of music, fashion, and historic milestones.

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