Year of the Wisconsin Idea

August 2nd, 2011

How has the University of Wisconsin touched your life? During the academic year 2011-2012, UW-Madison will celebrate the “Year of the Wisconsin Idea” and how the university, with this particular philosophy of collaboration, outreach and service, continues to enrich Wisconsin communities.

The seeds of the Wisconsin Idea were sown in 1904 when UW President Charles Van Hise declared that he would “never be content until the beneficent influence of the University reaches every home in the state.”

In its early days, this philosophy served to forge relationships with state government and to inform legislation, but would evolve to speak more fully to the university’s commitment to public service, translating research into action.

Visit the Wisconsin Idea Website for information about its history, projects, forthcoming events and opportunities to share your experience.

Save the date for the following events:

Aug 10, 2011–UW-Madison at the State Fair (and look for the Wisconsin Idea Story Booth!)
Sept 1, 2011–Chancellor’s Convocation
Sept 22, 2011–Morgridge Center for Public Service 15th anniversary
Sept 22-24, 2011–Science Festival, Humanities-Science-Art Interplay
Oct 15, 2011–100 Year Anniversary of the First UW Homecoming
Late Oct, 2011–Reexamination of the Wisconsin Idea in the 21st century: Engaged Scholarship
Nov 11, 2011–Wisconsin Idea Forum
Feb-Mar 2012–Founders Days
March 31, 2012–Science Expeditions
April 28-30, 2012–Alumni Weekend
April 22, 2012–Nelson Institute Earth Day Celebration