Socrates can’t pay your rent. But the University of Wisconsin-Madison Odyssey Project is convinced that the classics can change lives.
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.
This fall, in a field in rural Wisconsin, you can get lost in a trilobite. Bug-like and armored, with as many as 100 legs, these now-extinct marine creatures once cruised the planet’s seas, including those that covered Wisconsin. With some help from the UW-Madison Geology Museum, it is also the defining feature of this year’s award-winning Treinen Farm Corn Maze in Lodi.
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.
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.
J.D. Vance's "Hillbilly Elegy," the common-reading program's selection for this year, has people talking as it touches on a wide range of pressing contemporary issues.
A new UW2020 initiative will centralize the databases of the university’s five natural history museums, which have separated over the decades to specialize and accommodate growing collections. The 1.3-million-specimen Wisconsin State Herbarium will coordinate with the zoology, geology, entomology and anthropology museums to merge records in a way that allows researchers to study the full scope of natural artifacts in one central location.
Katherine Cramer, a political science professor and director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, spent five years popping into small Wisconsin towns to chat with citizens. What she discovered was a growing sense of bitterness. Her book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, explores that feeling of being overlooked that many media have since cited as one reason behind the rise of Donald Trump to the presidency.
What if kindness, attention and gratitude were taught in schools just like math, history and reading? Today, they can be, as the UW–Madison Center for Healthy Minds is releasing its free mindfulness-based “Kindness Curriculum.”