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Humanities for the real world

Last year, a report to Congress argued that support for the humanities is eroding. Funds and enrollment are declining as skepticism grows about the humanities’ real-world benefits. But the UW is dealing with the so-called humanities crisis in stride. The History Department is working to establish a transnational focus. The university is becoming a leader in “strategic languages.” And the English Department is embracing the digital realm. “In many ways, the humanities have never been more exciting than they are at this moment,” says Associate L&S Dean Susan Zaeske.  

Top Stories

UW’s mobile app receives major update, new name

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UW-Madison’s official mobile app has received such a major update that it’s gotten a new name. “Mobile UW” is now “Wisconsin” — an app with a sharp interface and handful of new options, including an improved campus map and access to course materials from Learn@UW.

Librarians offer tips for ‘Gifts from fact to fiction’

Photo: Megan Schliesman

Struggling to come up with a gift idea for that special child? Even in this digital world, many children would be thrilled with a new book. Megan Schliesman (left) and Emily Townsend of the Cooperative Children's Book Center share a few words of wisdom for finding an appropriate selection.

Official Badger Bowl Tour

Join fellow fans on the only tour that offers the total Badger experience. Includes an air-only option, plus complete air and land tour packages.

Around Campus

Art Hove loved, lived UW-Madison

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Art Hove was both the oil and the glue of UW-Madison, a colleague recalls — the oil that kept things running, the glue that held them together. Hove, who died last week at age 80, is being remembered as an able administrator and campus historian who loved, and lived, the UW.

Andreas Velten: Taking imaging to new extremes

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Unlike many of us, Andreas Velten loves working in windowless rooms. His research tools are shrouded in sealed black boxes. Velten’s research world revolves around precisely controlling and manipulating light — and unwanted light is about as welcome as a radio blaring during a symphony.

Campus Initiatives

New undergrad fellowships integrated with MOOCs

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A new initiative of the Morgridge Center for Public Service will fund undergraduate research and community engagement projects designed to serve the students’ own Wisconsin communities. The students will have to take one of UW-Madison's upcoming MOOCs and integrate it into their plans.

Introducing...

Turner named IT security chief

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Robert "Bob" Turner has been named the university's chief information security officer, charged with protecting IT resources across the campus. Turner served for several years in a similar role as a cybersecurity consultant and compliance manager for a private firm.

Free gift wrap at Tech Store

Free gift wrapping on purchases at the Computer Sciences DoIT Tech Store from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in December. Enjoy refreshments while you shop.

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Milestones

Keller named associate dean of international studies

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Richard C. Keller, professor in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics, has been named as associate dean of the Division of International Studies. Keller is faculty director of the international studies major and of Global Studies, a federally funded National Resource Center in the International Institute.

Interim leader to continue as UW-Milwaukee chancellor

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The UW System Board of Regents has approved Mark Mone as the next chancellor of UW-Milwaukee. Mone has served as the interim chancellor since May, following the departure of former Chancellor Michael Lovell. Mone is a professor of management within the UWM Lubar School of Business.

In the Media

Law School’s Huneeus analyzes torture report

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UW law Professor Alexandra Huneeus tells WISC-TV international law cannot be ignored as government officials continue to digest the Senate Intelligence Report detailing torture techniques the CIA allegedly used to interrogate terrorism detainees.

Events

Faculty to explore how Ferguson fits historical patterns

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Humanities Now will present "Ferguson in Context: Trauma, Violence, and Citizenship," a roundtable with UW faculty, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Discovery Building. Related: Sunday night #blacklivesmatter march called largest at UW since civil rights era.

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