In the LA Review of Books: Jennifer Ratner Rosenhagen on ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’

“Should Pirsig’s ZAMM be read as a primer on Zen? No. But neither should it be dismissed as a period piece of the ’70s counterculture. To do so would be to miss how it subtly works with some of the insights of Zen and Pirsig’s own academic and para-academic experiences as one long comment on higher learning, which is still surprisingly resonant today,” Rosenhagen writes.

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In Madison Magazine: New music center launches seat-naming campaign

As a way for individuals to be a part of the new Hamel Music Center, the University of Wisconsin–Madison is kicking off a new seat-naming campaign.

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Geography Ph.D. student Chelsea Nestel in CNN: The future of maps: Cartography in the 21st century

Today, satellites and digital mapping tools have turned modern cartography -- the science and art of map-making -- into a technology-driven field. With accuracy all but guaranteed, new ways of visualizing space have emerged in the process. They mix art, experience and topography, approaching the physical world through the lens of time, perspective and storytelling.

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In Wausau Daily Herald: UW student turns history paper about Wisconsin's MIA soldiers into a mission, and book

A news story posted on Facebook jolted Erin Miller when she read it in 2014. The story was about Staff Sgt. James Lee VanBendegom of Racine, who was last seen by fellow soldiers after he was wounded and captured by enemy forces in a 1967 battle in Vietnam.

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UW assistant professor Tova Walsh in The Hill: Military families can teach us about the cost of family separations

White House Chief of Staff and retired U.S. Marine Corps General John Kelly probably wasn’t thinking about military families when he defended the Trump administration’s policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents when they arrive at the border. But maybe he should have been.

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Barry Burden in The Hill: No bright line ruling likely on SCOTUS gerrymandering cases

The U.S. Supreme Court soon may redefine how legislators get elected to office. Two high-profile cases that seek to rein in partisan gerrymandering are slated for decisions by late June. The rulings could be landmarks. But, however the court comes out, the fight against gerrymandering will be far from over.

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In Isthmus: Cartooniversity

UW-Madison is finding all sorts of ways to incorporate comics into the curriculum.

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David Baum quoted in NPR: Why are some of Africa's biggest baobab trees dying off?

Noted: Baobabs, especially old ones, can be more vulnerable to drought than their grizzled appearance might suggest, says David Baum, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But more evidence is needed, he says, to strengthen the link between climate change and the baobab deaths.

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Institute for Research on Poverty in Journal Sentinel: "Study: In 2016, Wisconsin's job market improved but the state's poverty rate increased"

Despite a robust job market, Wisconsin’s poverty rate increased to 10.8% in 2016, compared to 9.7% in 2015, according to a report released Friday by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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