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When the UW Went to War

The First World War changed the course of history and — for a time — the UW’s mission. To help with the war effort, the campus shifted much of its focus to educating and training future soldiers. “When the war was declared … there was not an instant’s hesitation in the decision of the faculty that the University should participate in carrying the war to a successful conclusion,” UW President Charles Van Hise wrote in the Wisconsin Alumni Magazine in November 1917. Read the related article, “The Great War at Home.”

Published in the Spring 2017 issue


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