Phoenix Rice-Johnson views her blue-collar background as an asset, one she can draw upon in her scholarship and activism. Rice-Johnson’s voice will be amplified, as she is one of 43 outstanding students from across the country chosen for a prestigious 2018 Marshall Scholarship.
A UW-Madison political science professor has been named the winner of a prestigious prize for his work researching genocide, particularly in Africa: Scott Straus won the 2018 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, for his 2015 book Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership and Genocide in Modern Africa.
Jada Kline has been chosen as the student speaker for the UW–Madison winter commencement ceremony on Dec. 17 at the Kohl Center. She will be graduating with a degree in political science and biology.
Madison Alderman Zach Wood, a UW-Madison graduate, and recent alum Hayley Young, along with current junior Noah Roberts, were elected into the local government spots they currently hold while studying at UW-Madison.
The speakers for this year's winter commencement ceremony, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, spin wild tales for a living. But the story of how they met on campus years ago couldn't be more ordinary - or have a happier ending, the two alums say.
Barry Burden in The Washington Post: Everything you need to know about the Supreme Court’s big gerrymandering case
On Tuesday, October 3, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a major new case about partisan gerrymandering. The case began just days after the Nov. 8 election, when a federal court struck down a Republican-drawn legislative map in Wisconsin for being too partisan. Because of special rules for some voting rights cases, the Supreme Court is required to hear the case.
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.
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.