A Better Way to Teach 9/11

Fall 2021

UW professor Jeremy Stoddard MS’01, PhD’96 discovers shortcomings in schools’ approach to the war on terror.

Finding Home in a Foreign Land

Fall 2021

Pao Lor PhD’01 chronicles his American journey in Modern Jungles: A Hmong Refugee’s Childhood Story of Survival.

Image vs. Reality

Spring 2021

In a pandemic, illustrating our spring issue was no easy task.

The Concerts You Never Forget

Spring 2021

These campus-area shows have passed into UW–Madison mythology.

How the Humanities Building Went Wrong

Spring 2021

From the start, problems plagued a piece of architecture that could have been great.

A True-Crime Must-See

Spring 2021

In A Wilderness of Error, Errol Morris ’69 revisits a notorious murder case.

Running from Race

Spring 2021

Librarian Louise Butler Walker ’35 took desperate measures to survive in a racist society.

Wreckage and Recovery

Summer 2020

Our article on the Sterling Hall bombing is a unique contribution to the historical record.

The Blast That Changed Everything

Summer 2020

A 50-year perspective on the Sterling Hall bombing from alumni who lived through it.

David Blight: A New Take on Frederick Douglass

Fall 2019

His acclaimed biography profiles the great American abolitionist.

A Monument to Tolerance

Fall 2019

Meet the new Library Mall sculpture.

Lost in Space

Spring 2019

It’s getting mighty crowded in space as debris from satellites, labs, and other things shot into Earth’s orbit degrade over time and threaten to fall back to where they came from.

Reckoning with History

Fall 2018

Bryce Richter

Between 1919 and 1926, two UW student organizations took the name Ku Klux Klan, and a report delving into…

Parental POV

Summer 2018

A history course tackles the 1970s–90s through a generational lens.

Madison, Revisited

Summer 2018

Been awhile since you've visited the UW's hometown? Consider an itinerary made up of beautiful views, a raft of restaurants, and a less-traveled path on campus.

Paul Rusk ’77, MA’91

Summer 2018

Photo courtesy of Naomi Halverson

“We must always remember that we — the people of this nation — should and can…

A Judge on Trial

Spring 2018

John Becker LLB1890 lost his career in public service when his words were deemed a crime.

Keep on a- Rock’n Us, Baby

Spring 2018

Steve Miller x’65 reflects on how his time on campus, being an English major, and growing up with a famous godfather affected his music career.

A Civil Rights Pioneer

Fall 2021

The influence of Lloyd Barbee LLB’56, a civil rights leader and lawyer in the 1960s and ’70s, lives on through Justice for

A Muffled Voice

Spring 2018

A UW researcher shines a light on a lost essay.

Witness to History

Winter 2017

Sarah Morton

Military history professor John Hall spent 15 years on active duty as an infantry officer and strategic planner for…

One great letter

Winter 2017

When the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research asked Hollywood heavyweights to contribute to its archives, comedian, writer, and film star Groucho…

Dow: 50 Years Later

Winter 2017

A moment in history that transformed the lives of many students and the UW campus.

10 Things Aldo Leopold Used in the Field

Winter 2017

UW Archives is home to items that belonged to the ecologist who became the most influential conservation thinker of the 20th century.

How to Save a Life

Fall 2017

After hitting bottom, Dean Olsen ’82 used his love for maps and support from UW–Madison to create a tool for preserving the memories of others and build a new life for himself.

Our Man in Berlin

Summer 2017

As a foreign correspondent in Germany, Louis Lochner 1909 chronicled the rise of the Third Reich and helped Americans understand how Adolf Hitler amassed power.

Russia in Focus

Summer 2017

The new Wisconsin Russia Project aims to help the U.S. be more prepared to manage a calculating Kremlin with yet-to-be-determined ambitions.

Food as Ammo

Spring 2017

From meatless Tuesdays to research aimed at improving agricultural production, food was deemed a key weapon against the Germans.

All Hands on Deck

Spring 2017

Scientists weren’t the only faculty members to assist the government — historians, geologists, and others pitched in, too.

Stitching History

Spring 2017

UW students connect to a designer’s lost legacy.

The Great War at Home

Spring 2017

When the U.S. entered the First World War, the UW joined the fight by training soldiers, conducting poison-gas research, and sending students to work on Wisconsin farms.

Alt-Rock Apex

Fall 2021

A new documentary tells the story of a legendary Madison recording studio.

A Taste of Freedom

Winter 2016

From urban gardening to Southern black farmers who organized against oppression, UW assistant professor Monica White’s research reveals a missing chapter in the civil rights narrative.

Shakespeare’s First Folio

Fall 2016

The UW’s Chazen Museum of Art will host an exhibition of the 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays, in honor…

John Woolley MA’74, PhD’80

Fall 2016

Matt Perko

John Woolley MA’74, PhD’80 was 12 when he stood at a Nashville, Tennessee, curb watching President John…

Ben McCready x’76

Fall 2016

The portrait painter’s roster includes four U.S. presidents and several celebrities, such as George Clooney and Paul Newman.

The Mysterious Mastodon

Spring 2016

A mashup of science and old-fashioned detective work revealed the true origins of a mastodon skeleton on display at the UW for a century.

Sacred Ground

Spring 2016

Picnic Point is a beloved campus playground, but it’s also a landscape rich in history that goes back thousands of years.

Dalton Trumbo’s Papers

Spring 2016

The UW holds a piece of Hollywood history.

History Book

Winter 2015

If these shoes could talk: Students learn the art of making objects speak.