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Yiddish traditions

Photo: Listing of Yiddish courses in UW catalog

One century ago today, the University of Wisconsin became the first institution of higher education to teach Yiddish, the language of the eastern European Jews. Louis Wolfenson, a La Crosse native and UW alumnus, started teaching it here Sept. 20, 1916. Now, the university's Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture is celebrating the anniversary with a revised website featuring something even older — the first known recordings of Yiddish music — and a revived program intended to keep the language alive.

Top Stories

Poverty institute wins national designation, funding

Photo: Aerial view of Bascom Hill

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at UW–Madison has been awarded a five-year, $9.5 million cooperative agreement to serve as the national Poverty Research Center. The designation comes as IRP marks its 50th year of examining the causes of poverty and inequality in the United States.

UW ranks high in venture capital report

UW-Madison ranked 14th worldwide among universities in a new report measuring how many graduates became entrepreneurs backed by venture capital. The UW had 397 entrepreneurs who’ve raised a total of $2.6 billion in venture capital emerge from its undergraduate programs.

Living Well Course

Join us as we explore how to become more focused, cope with chronic pain, manage stress, and find the balance needed to lead a healthier life.

Around Campus

Six new staff added to UHS mental health services

Graphic: 'W' crest

University Health Services (UHS) has expanded its mental health services to better serve students. Included among a diverse mix of new clinical social workers, counselors and psychologists are two staff positions specifically funded by the chancellor to meet the needs of students of color.

Hunter is new diversity director in Athletics

Photo: Jenn Hunter

UW Athletics has hired Jenn Hunter as its new director of diversity and inclusion. Hunter spent the last two years as an academic specialist/academic coordinator at the University of California, Berkeley, overseeing the academic support program for the Cal men's and women's basketball programs.

Karcher is new risk management director

Jeff Karcher

Jeff Karcher has been selected as the new director of risk management at UW–Madison. The Office of Risk Management manages UW–Madison’s participation in the State of Wisconsin’s self-funded Worker's Compensation, property and liability insurance programs.

Inside Info

Should you work out when you’re sick?

woman running

Although proper exercise may protect you from colds and other viruses, you might need to modify your routine when you get sick. So says UW Health sports medicine specialist Andrew Watson. "If you only have mild symptoms ... it is reasonable to exercise, perhaps at a lighter intensity than normal."


New faculty focus: Reid Van Lehn

Photo: Reid Van Lehn

Reid Van Lehn joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering this spring. “The campus is stunning, and the sheer enthusiasm the faculty has for one another is really great,” he says. “On my first visit, I got the vibe that everyone here wanted to work with each other."

‘Rehumanising the Dead of Anthropology’

South African historian Ciraj Rassool discusses the illegal export of dead bodies and skeletons, and the politics of their return. Tues., Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m.



Experts online tonight for election video chat

Photo: Student voting

Political junkies won't want to miss this: The fall issue of On Wisconsin explores the myriad ways campaigns and voters use social media. The article will be the springboard for a live video chat tonight at 7 featuring a panel of UW–Madison experts in politics, journalism and communication arts.

In the Media

Lucas Graves on who should fact-check the debates

Photo: Lucas Graves

Journalism Professor Luther Graves, an expert on political fact-checking, tells PolitiFact that in the upcoming presidential debates, the moderators should step in and set the record straight when candidates utter untruths. If it's just Clinton and Trump yelling at each other, he says, it won't be very enlightening.


Crossroads of Ideas lecture series returns

Photo: Lewis Friedland

The popular public lecture series “Crossroads of Ideas” makes its fall semester debut tonight at the Discovery Building with “Laboratory of Oligarchy." Lewis Friedland, a UW–Madison professor of journalism, will explore the meaning of oligarchy and how it can emerge in a democratic system.

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