In the Wisconsin State Journal: UW-Madison activist wins prestigious scholarship; follows becoming Rhodes finalist

UW-Madison student activist Deshawn McKinney has been named a winner of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, awarded to 40 American students each year to attend graduate school in any field in the United Kingdom. Last month, McKinney was named a Rhodes Scholar finalist. Scholarship winners go on to graduate studies at Oxford University in England.

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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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A history of collaboration

Collaboration and respect for other opinions not only played an ongoing role in Steve Stern’s career — they also helped shape a division of the history department where he worked for 38 years.

As he prepares for retirement at the end of this semester, Stern, the Alberto Flores Galindo and Hilldale Professor of History, attributes much of his success to working with colleagues who together built the reputation of the Latin American history program. 

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UW study to examine women's roles in peacemaking

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is hosting a project designed to explore women’s existing roles in African peacemaking and to see what lessons can be gleaned from their mostly informal initiatives.

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UW students meet with activist Russian punk rock group

On Thursday, Nov. 17, one of the original members of Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina, with a new member of the group, journalist Sasha Bogina, gave a public conversation and Q&A in the Wisconsin Union Theater about their activism and current work.

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UW-Madison student named Rhodes Finalist

Deshawn McKinney, a University of Wisconsin-Madison senior majoring in English - Creative Writing, has been named a Rhodes finalist. Candidates are judged on a proven record of intellectual and academic achievement, integrity of character, interest in and respect for others, leadership ability, and the energy to fully utilize their talents.

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From the Los Angeles Times: L&S alum Ruth Gruber dies

L&S alumna Ruth Gruber (M.A. 31, German) has died at age 105. The journalist and author brought 1,000 Jewish refugees to U.S. during World War II. 

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With start of Guyer's presidency, humanities consortium moves to Madison

UW-Madison Professor and Center for Humanities Director Sara Guyer starts this semester as the President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, founded in 1988 to link humanities organizations and scholars.

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Higgins Elected Leader of Guttmacher Board

Associate Professor Jenny Higgins was recently elected as Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors for The Guttmacher Institute, the country’s leading think tank for reproductive health research and policy. 

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