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Racism and the Wisconsin Idea

Scott Walker and Paul Ryan broke from Wisconsin’s long progressive history. But as liberals search for what went wrong, they must not ignore the state’s legacy of systemic racism and inequity. Wiscons... read more

For Colleges, an Election to Celebrate and Fear

The Democratic party seized control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday in a decisive rebuke of President Trump’s dishonesty, racism ... in Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker, breaker of u... read more

How the Wisconsin Idea has retained foundational vitality in face of sweeping change

“[The Wisconsin Idea is] a distinctive approach ... In response to this incident and to the wider problems of intolerance and racism on campus, Pickett knew exactly how to put Westmoreland’s sentiment... read more

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Skol: The Wisconsin idea

That sounds like a good idea to me, one of those ideas that fits the mold called the Wisconsin Idea — that the boundaries of the university are the boundaries of the state. Giving new life to that ide... read more


Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

In December 2016, after Mr. Zuckerberg publicly scoffed at the idea that fake news on Facebook had helped ... spent much of 2017 on a national “listening tour,” feeding cows in Wisconsin and eating di... read more

Foxconn, Johnson Controls execs to speak at idea summit Tuesday at Parkside

The Wisconsin Idea Smart Future Summit, planned to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, is to include discussions with leaders from education, public ... read more

Chancellor Dean Van Galen and Tom Still: Thanks to Wisconsin Idea, UW is the people's university

The Wisconsin Idea is traditionally understood to mean the boundaries of the University of Wisconsin extend to the boundaries of the state, a philosophy that knowledge should be shared with communitie... read more

High School Class Pictured Doing Nazi Salute in 2018 Because Everything Is Terrible

If anybody from Baraboo High School in Wisconsin can clue me in on why it appears the entire male class of 2018 is throwing up a Sig Heil during their prom photos – that would be great. To make matter... read more

Simonson: Revitalizing the Wisconsin Idea

As I sat at the ceremonies, I was reminded of the Wisconsin Idea. The UW System was founded on the Wisconsin Idea, which originated from the former UW-Madison president Charles Van Hise who said in 19... read more

‘Passing the Bass’ event honors musician, teacher, humanitarian Richard Davis

“Richard Davis has lived out the Wisconsin Idea in everything he’s done as a teacher and ... On campus and in the community, Davis has taken part in many initiatives to combat racism, earning the City ... read more

Tommy G. Thompson and Michael Sussman: Let's re-energize the Wisconsin Idea

It might have first appeared we had little in common, but we bonded over the Wisconsin Idea — the belief that the wealth of knowledge and research at the University of Wisconsin should be utilized to ... read more



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