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After busy fall, ‘Our Shared Future’ efforts to expand

February 4, 2020

By Doug Erickson, University Communications

Hundreds of people attended events last fall related to the recently dedicated “Our Shared Future” heritage marker, a first step in a multi-year effort to educate the campus and the broader community on the Ho-Chunk Nation and the history it shares with the university.

The spring 2020 semester brings an even greater emphasis on the marker. Academic units and partners across campus, aided by grants from the university’s Educational Innovation Initiative, have begun hosting the marker and incorporating its message long-term in the university’s teaching and learning.

The units will be weaving the marker’s message into coursework, and several are planning public events. Details will be posted on the “Our Shared Future” website as they become available.

“As Chancellor Blank has stressed, the marker is a beginning, not an end,” says Steven Cramer, vice provost for teaching and learning. “Our objective is to encourage disciplines across campus to delve deeply into the multiple themes embedded in the marker’s words.”

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