‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Go Big Read event will be Oct. 9 at UW-Madison

People have been talking about J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy ever since it was published in 2016. The book is the focus of the Go Big Read Keynote Event at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at Memorial Union's Shannon Hall. The event is free and no ticket is required. 

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Odyssey Project celebrates 15 years of changing lives for low-income adults

The Odyssey Project began with a modest goal: to create a two-semester humanities class for 30 low-income adults facing barriers to higher education. Fifteen years later, the University of Wisconsin–Madison program has become so much more than that. It has had a profound effect on the local community, helping to break the generational cycle of poverty.

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Jonathan Senchyne in The New York Times: In a Lost Essay, a Glimpse of an Elusive Poet and Slave

A previously unknown essay by George Moses Horton, an enslaved young man from Chatham County, N.C., was found at the New York Public Library by Jonathan Senchyne, an assistant professor of book history at the University of Wisconsin. 

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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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Your words in print

Undergraduate journals published at UW-Madison span disciplines from science to history to poetry. They’re a great place for students to submit thoughtful writing and experience the process of working with editors to refine their work for a larger audience. The Wisconsin Undergraduate Journal Association brings together eight on-campus publications that showcase student scholarship.

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Chasing Hollywood dreams

For communication arts students Ali Walton and Ryan Holtz, a life-changing summer internship is capped with a star-studded celebration. 

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Professor Emeritus Daniel Doeppers' book named a finalist for the National Book Awards of the Philippines

Professor Emeritus Daniel F. Doeppers' book, Feeding Manila in Peace and War, 1850–1945, is among the finalists in the history category for the National Book Awards of the Philippines.

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Three UW–Madison scholars weigh in on meaning, aftermath of Charlottesville riot

Three UW–Madison faculty members — Christy Clark-Pujara, Russ Castronovo and Stephen Kantrowitz — discussed Charlottesville at an event organized by the Center for the Humanities.

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In The Big Ten Network: A Wisconsin professor is about to witness and document Pentagon history

University of Wisconsin professor John Hall is going to witness and write the history of the military’s fight against violent extremism. Hall spoke with LiveBIG about what made him take the job at Wisconsin, what his responsibility is to this moment in history and what historical myths he tells his students to avoid accepting.

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