After #BlackandHooded goes viral, UW–Madison alums unexpectedly find themselves leading a movement

Two UW–Madison graduates created a #BlackandHooded website, which displays photos and connects prospective and current black graduate students with black professionals who’ve earned advanced degrees. The idea has taken off.

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Hilldale Award winners recognized for their contributions

One scholar from each of four faculty divisions — Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences — is selected to receive the Hilldale Award. L&S faculty members received three of the four awards. 

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Hoopes sisters illustrations

Susan Barribeau BA’77, English, MA’91, Library & Information Studies, had no time to waste when she came across a listing for 25 sketchbooks that had belonged to Margaret and Florence Hoopes. She recognized their names immediately. It was 2008, and Barribeau — then the new English-language humanities librarian and literary-collections curator for UW-Madison Libraries — had struck gold.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Keep on a- rock’n us, baby

Long before Steve Miller x’67 sang about being a space cowboy and flying like an eagle, he was a UW English major with a passion for civil rights.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: A store grows in Brooklyn

The planning took months. For a brief moment, when emotions ran high, they almost called it off. But when the big day arrived, it was glorious. Some might even say magical. “The opening itself felt very much like a wedding,” says best-selling novelist Emma Straub MFA’08, owner of Books Are Magic, a New York City bookstore. “All of a sudden, the doors were open, and people could come in, and we just hugged everyone.”

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Ramzi Fawaz quoted in The New York Times: The Iceman cometh out

Superhero comics address, and empower, straight white nerdy boys. That’s been true of most comics, for most of their history. But is it the genre’s central truth? For some of us, it never was. As Ramzi Fawaz, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has pointed out, superhero comics are the only popular genre in which anomalous bodies are not just tolerated but celebrated: The same thing that makes you look weird means you can save the world.

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Roses are red; write a love poem this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to think outside the heart-shaped chocolate box by putting pen to paper and writing a love poem. Here are some tips.

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L&S alumni and students named to Madison365's 2017 Black Power List

Honorees include Toya Washington (B.A.'97, Journalism and Gender & Women's Studies), Keetra Burnette (B.A.'04, Journalism), Victor Barnett (B.A.'82, Communication Arts), Sagashus T. Levingston (Ph.D. candidate in English), and Vanessa McDowell (B.A.'03, Sociology). 

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Tejumola Olaniyan in The Guardian: Does Blank Panther solve Hollywood's Africa problem?

Cinema has long reduced Africa to a faraway land filled with wild animals, wars, poverty and AIDS – but perhaps this new Afrocentric epic will put an end to the cliches

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