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Law Prof by Day, Novelist at Night

Winter 2022

Steven Wright MFA’14 draws on a unique set of legal experiences in his acclaimed fiction.

What Superheroes Teach Us

Winter 2022

UW English professor Ramzi Fawaz shows how comic-book mutants can help readers make sense of cultural differences.

A Fiery War with Russia

Fall 2022

Political science professor Yoshiko Herrera believes Ukrainians’ resolve for statehood will prevail.

An Unsung Hero

Fall 2022

Mildred Fish Harnack ’25, MA’26 lost her life in the German resistance to Hitler.

Buried Treasure

Fall 2022

Our cover photo of a canoe recovered from Lake Mendota helps you see history through the eyes of an archaeologist.

Land of the Ho-Chunk

Fall 2022

A canoe recovered from Lake Mendota tells a story that long predates UW–Madison.

Lawrence of Macedonia

Summer 2022

Through four decades of Cold War, Lawrence Eagleburger ’52, MS’57 was the crisis manager of American diplomacy.

A Fight for Linguistic Justice

Spring 2022

A campus initiative sheds light on Wisconsin’s Indigenous languages.

A Dissenting Voice

Spring 2022

Social critic bell hooks MA’76 positioned herself as a “dangerous woman.”

Say What Is True

Winter 2021

UW creative writing professor Beth Nguyen tells bracingly honest stories about growing up Vietnamese American.

A Writer to Watch

Fall 2021

Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel Moniz MFA’14 is a must-read.

A Poet Writing Loudly

Fall 2021

What’s it like to be Afghan and Kurdish in the U.S.? Read Hajjar Baban ’20.

Image vs. Reality

Spring 2021

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

How the Humanities Building Went Wrong

Spring 2021

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

Investing in Higher Education

Spring 2021

UW proposes new buildings, greater borrowing power in state budget request.

Finding a Voice, against All Odds

Spring 2021

The UW Odyssey Project empowers nontraditional students to speak up and pursue their dreams.

“We Are Not the Grammar Police”

Summer 2020

Anja Wanner explores a linguist’s role in an era of gender-neutral pronouns.

Lorraine Hansberry: From UW to Broadway

Fall 2019

Even as a UW–Madison student, the author of “A Raisin in the Sun” spoke up for what she believed in.

The Long and Winding Road from Major to Career

Fall 2019

From YouTube star to professional BMX rider, Badger alums have proven the versalitity of a UW diploma.

Madcap UW Writer Makes History in a Model T

Summer 2019

An adventurous summer road trip turned the UW’s first female engineering grad, Emily Hahn ’26, into one of America’s most storied travel writers.

Diplomatic Dilemma

Winter 2018

Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold ’75 returns to the UW to teach, calling on his experiences in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

Raw Talent

Winter 2018

What Marie Moody ’90 started in her Manhattan apartment has turned into a multimillion-dollar pet-food brand, all thanks to a mutt named Chewy.

A Civil Rights Pioneer

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

Ladee Hubbard

Spring 2018

Paula Burch-Celentano

At home in New Orleans, Ladee Hubbard MFA’14 was booked. She had a full-time job as an adjunct…

8 Late Literary Giants

Winter 2017

Badgers who made their mark in the literary world.

Hail, Juvenile Logophiles

Fall 2017

An alumna helps to pen a clever picture book.

2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Winter 2016

For 80 years, the Wisconsin Alumni Association has honored exceptional alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards. Early recipients include actor Fredric March ’20 of Dr. Jekyll…

A Long To-Do List

Winter 2016

The UW’s current deferred maintenance costs are estimated at $1.2 billion.

Spring 2016

Nuclear conspiracy

The title of director/editor Chad Gracia ’92’s debut documentary film — The Russian Woodpecker — invites so many…

Raney Aronson-Rath ’92

Spring 2016

She uses virtual reality to tell some of the world's toughest — and most important — stories.

Chasing Abloh

Winter 2015

The hunt for UW’s most elusive designer.

When Black History Is Your Own

Summer 2015

Descended from a family who helped found a historic African-American community, Thulani Davis gained a unique perspective that allows her to bring the Reconstruction era alive for her students.

Dark Side, Bright Spot

Summer 2015

Revisiting a controversial experiment finds nuances in human nature.

The Warlord’s Biographer

Spring 2015

In his recent book, Brian Williams PhD’99 sets the record straight on Afghanistani general and now vice president Abdul Dostum, who, along with his cavalry of two thousand Uzbek horsemen, helped the United States defeat the Taliban in a key battle in late 2001.

Design Studies 501: Global Artisans and Pragmatic Design

Spring 2015

The cultures of multiple homelands were stitched together in a School of Human Ecology class during fall semester.

How can you not care about the past?

Spring 2015

It’s a question that Erika Janik MA’04, MA’06 has been asking since her childhood.

English 175

Winter 2014

Frankenstein, Robocop, Google: Human Memory/Digital Memory

Humanities for the Real World

Winter 2014

Take the tradition of storytelling and creativity within the humanities fields and blend it with a commitment to join the digital age, and you have the recipe for an exciting campus evolution.

Fulsome Prison Blues

Fall 2014

As a student, UW sociology professor Alice Goffman spent six years immersed in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood. What she learned shaped her understanding of urban policy and inspired a break-out book.

Kevin Henkes x’83: Connecting with Kids

Fall 2014

A class project sparked a career as an author and illustrator.