Asking — and answering — the big questions in higher education

An award-winning book co-edited by philosophy professor Harry Brighouse brings together scholars to explore major issues in the changing role of universities. 

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Digitizing the middle ages

A project linking medieval maps showcases the power and potential of a digital platform that English professor Martin Foys has spent years developing — and is now creating a home for here at UW-Madison.

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Playing by ear

In just three semesters at the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music, assistant professor of violin Soh-Hyun Park Altino has made a stirring performance debut, forged deep connections with students and staged a pretty epic performance at Camp Randall. 

On January 22, 2017, Professor Altino will perform a recital with pianist Christopher Taylor. Read our Q&A to learn more about the performance, Professor Altino's favorite type of music to perform, and her teaching approach. 

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La Follette professor finds UW-Madison a great place for research and public service

Tim Smeeding has spent four decades researching economic inequality and generously shares his expertise with groups, nonprofits and government entities, both close to home and around the world.

Smeeding has dedicated his career to studying poverty and economic inequality. While directing UW-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty from 2008 to 2014, he spearheaded the Wisconsin Poverty Report, which provides county-level information about economic well-being across the state. 

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Becoming a thinker: Undergraduates discover excitement of research

The Undergraduate Research Scholars program connects first- and second-year students with research opportunities and thought-provoking discussions that put their research into a broader context. The program, which started in the late 1990s, allows students earn credit while gaining research experience and interacting with faculty, and it connects them with fellow participants and peer mentors in weekly group meetings.

Right now, URS students are working on the Ice Cube project, analyzing literature from a 20th-century African American playwright and researching bilingual Spanish students, among other fascinating pursuits.

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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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The sweet spot: Gail Ambrosius

The revered Madison chocolatier turned a passion for geography into a business that honors where her ingredients are grown.

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An innovative class connects college and careers

Taking Initiative, or Inter-LS 210, guides students through self-reflection and goal setting and teaches practical job skills as well as how to parlay the knowledge and abilities they’re gaining in their liberal arts courses into future pursuits. Learn about L&S students' experiences as they explore possibilities for their lives after graduation. 

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CAE celebrates 50 years of strong support for UW’s underrepresented students

Since 1966, the Center for Academic Excellence and its predecessor programs have provided guidance and opportunities to set students on paths to success. Alumni are invited back to celebrate on November 11.

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