Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Wisconsin Festival of Ideas

The WUD Distinguished Lecture Series is proud to present the 3rd annual Wisconsin Festival of Ideas! 

When:Sunday April 26, 2015; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Frederic March Play Circle-- Second Floor of Memorial Union

What is it? 

The Wisconsin Festival of Ideas is a one-day multidisciplinary conference event featuring UW-Madison's top faculty and students as speakers. Our university is pushing boundaries in education and research, and this event seeks to showcase some of the best and brightest ideas and collaborations happening on campus. There will be nine presenters--check out the session information below! 

The conference runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but feel free to come for any sessions you can! Lunch and dinner receptions are provided.

Session 1: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
     Elliot Sober: Simpson's Paradox --Sex Discrimination, Altruism, and Smoking
     Catalina Toma: Self Presentation and Deception in Online Dating Spaces
     Student Speaker: Eric Weinlander on the Placebo Effect in Clinical Medicine   

Session 2: 12:30-2:00 p.m. 
     Francis Halzen: Ice Fishing for Neutrinos-- The IceCube Project
     Gretchen Schwarze: It's Better to Die Trying--High Stakes Surgical Decisions and    Unwanted Care
     Student Speaker: Charlie Chang on a A Data-Driven Approach to Dam Disasters

Session 3: 2:30-4:00 p.m. 
     Steph Tai: Greener, Fairer Foods-- Consumer Demand and Eco/Fairness Labels
     Danielle Evans: Do Tell--First-Person Narrators and the Psychology of Storytelling
     Student Speaker: Allison Perlin on Genocide and Trauma in the Peacebuilding Process

See the Wisconsin Festival of Ideas website for more information!

Looking for Automatic Honors Humanities Credit?

Consider taking a class with the Art History Department in Fall 2015! 

Whether you are curious about what the Art History Department has to offer or are looking to fulfill an Honors Breadth requirement with an interesting course, the below classes may be for you!

Both of these course are Elementary level Humanities courses for 4 credits.

Art History 201: From Pyramids to Cathedrals: Ancient and Medieval Art (MWF 12:05-12:55)
          Why and how were the Egyptian pyramids built? Why was Classical Greece fixated on the ideal body? Why did the medieval Christian Church use figural images in worship while Islamic cultures condemned them? What engineering innovations and theological ideas lie behind the building of the Gothic Cathedrals in late medieval Europe? Why did Giotto and other Italian painters develop perspective? These and many other questions will be explored in this introduction to the arts and cultures of Europe and the Mediterranean basin before the Renaissance. 
          We look at well-known artworks such as the Pyramids at Giza and the mummy of Tutankamun, the Parthenon in Athens, Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, the Book of Kells, the Great Mosque at Cordoba, Chartres cathedral and Giotto's Arena Chapel. But we also explore the artefacts of everyday life, including books, jewelry, ceramics, clothing, and textiles. Besides considering the social, religious and historical contexts of artistic production, we address basic human concerns: death and the afterlife, desire and the body, concepts of likeness (portraiture), power and propaganda, monstrosity and the supernatural, the divine and the sacred. 

Art History 2015: Global Arts (TR 11:00-12:15)
          Art is Global (and always has been!). Today we find Egyptian protest artists inspiring activists around the globe via the internet. In earlier times Roman glass and Buddhist icons moved along the ancient Silk Route, networks of trade flourished in the medieval Mediterranean region, and colonial empires brought visual cultures into a volatile contact. This course helps students learn to understand the complex, interconnected world in which they live, full of objects and images produced though cultural exchanges. It shows that the present is really not so different from the past and develops the skills needed to live fully in a world in which borders are not really barriers to the movement of images, objects, and ideas. It deepens understanding of cultural differences and the impact of interactions. By exploring works in a range of media and tracing processes of cross-cultural exchange, the course also develops sensitivity to visual and material form and a solid foundations in the practice of visual and material analysis.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Collegiate Wind Competition: Now Recruiting Students for 2015-2016!

Come join the newest student competition team at UW-Madison! The national Collegiate Wind Competition combines the expertise of students from a variety of engineering, business, communications, and social science programs, and challenges them to utilize their individual skills to develop state-of-the-art wind energy solutions as a team. 

Undergraduate students from all majors and disciplines are welcome to apply for the 2015-2016 school year. Team members will be selected based on the diversity of backgrounds and interests. Students interested in design, entrepreneurship, marketing, environmental science, policy, and planning are encouraged to apply! 

Info Session: 
April 29th, 4 p.m. 
Caucus Room, 4th Floor of Student Activity Center (SAC), 333 East Campus Mall 

Apply by May 1st by visiting
or email Scott Williams at

Badger Volunteers Summer Program

Will you be in Madison this summer? Are you looking for experiences and a great way to fill your time? 

Badger Volunteers has an 8-week summer session from June 15th- August 8th.

Badger Volunteers students volunteer with a team, on a weekly basis at the same community parter site over the summer. Opportunities range from literacy programs with youth to many others outdoors including: testing water clarity of our lakes, supporting community gardens, and even at the Henry Vilas Zoo! 

Students register based on their interests and availability with the commitment only being a few hours each week. Registration is May 26th - June 4th on a first-come, first-served basis! 

One other perk is that returning Badger Volunteers have access to pre-registration for the fall semester which can help them avoid being wait listed for their first choice team.

Students are also welcome to stop in the Morgridge Center for Public Service if they're interested in finding other ways to engage with the community over the summer.

Friday, April 17, 2015

U.S. Department of State's Franklin Fellows Program

The U.S. Department of State's Franklin Fellows Program will be accepting applications from April 15 to May 15, 2015. 

Now Accepting Applications for the

Franklin Fellows Program

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We appreciate your interest in the U.S. Department of State's Franklin Fellows Program, and wanted to alert you that we are accepting applications for the Franklin Fellows Program from April 15 to May 15.
In support of the Secretary of State’s Shared Prosperity economic diplomacy initiative, there is particular interest now in applicants with expertise in macroeconomics, small business growth and management, regional trade and investment, innovation and entrepreneurship, economic sanctions policy, banking and international finance, energy, petroleum and petrochemicals, environment and climate, Internet governance, and science and technology.
Visit the How to Apply page on for more information and to start the application process.  Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is May 15, 2015.

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Call for Applications: 2015 Iwanter Prize

The UW-Madison Center for the Humanities Presents, The Iwanter Prize. 

Application Deadline: May 1, 2015

The annual Iwanter Prize provides an unrestricted $2,000 award to one graduating senior who, through a senior thesis and general academic distinction, demonstrates outstanding humanities-based scholarship of a broad and interdisciplinary nature.

Applications for the Iwanter prize may come directly from students, but must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the thesis advisor. Eligibility is restricted to seniors graduating from the College of Letters and Science who are receiving a degree with a major in a humanities discipline. Students graduating in spring or summer may submit advanced draft versions of the thesis.

Application information can be found on the Center for the Humanities Website.

Drop in Advising for December 2015 Graduates

Planning to graduate in December 2015? 
The L&S Honors Program will soon be hosting graduation checks at the Honors Program Office in Washburn Observatory and at the Student Services Corner of College Library. Stop by either of these locations at the following times to make sure that you are on track to complete your Honors in the Liberal Arts (HLA) degree requirements:

  • Monday, April 20 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm at Washburn
  • Tuesday, April 21 from 5:00-8:00 pm at College Library
  • Friday, April 24 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Washburn

These will be drop-in sessions so there is no need to call in advance; just show up and we'll be happy to chat with you. We hope that you will stop in so that we can make sure that you are all set to graduate!

If you have not yet applied to graduate in your Student Center, please do so. Applying to graduate will include you on several directories across campus including: the commencement program, graduation regalia offers, and other contact lists. If you are unsure of how to apply, the Office of the Registrar has a wonderful demo detailing the process.
Please note that if you are pursuing Honors in the Major (HM) we also encourage you to check-in with your departmental advisor to verify that your current enrollment will satisfy all outstanding requirements.