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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

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

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

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Cheese State Reality Check: On The Wisconsin Idea and the Social Gospel

LaFollette wasn’t a particularly religious man, but Bascom and Van Hise were, and so were many of the people who created the Wisconsin Idea: a broad vision of good ... Put more elegantly, they might a... read more


Remembering MLK As A Radical Of Black Love Against National Hatred

Scott Walker of Wisconsin posted an MLK quote on his Twitter ... my siblings and I would bristle at the very idea that anyone would allow hateful strangers to pelt them with rocks, fists, batons ... 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

UWSP Announces Elimination of Six Majors, Plan to Restructure Colleges

The plan will also create two new entities, the Institute for the Wisconsin Idea, which will act as the liberal arts core curriculum and the Center for Critical Thinking, which will offer training to ... 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

Paul Krugman: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez exposes average congressional Republican as "dumb as a rock"

“On the other hand, she’s really talented at the modern media game, and is getting a hearing for ideas that more conventional politicians ... Krugman noted that these attempts “highlight the casual ra... read more

The GOP’s losing the shutdown blame game . . . and other commentary

Kasich saw “a path to the White House” for a governor who took on left-wing special interests — only to discover Wisconsin ... of racism has been evolving away from the idea that racism ... 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



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